We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”
As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!
The Android distribution numbers were updated today to show the continue rise in share of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” While no longer the newest version of Android, Android 4.4 does not account for over a third of Android devices, weighing in at 33.9% (up from 30.2% in November). The rest of the versions have fallen, with Jelly Bean (Android 4.3) dropped to 48.7%, which is down from the 50.9% it sat at last month. (more…)
When Google updated the Android distribution numbers for September, Kit Kat was nearing 25% of all devices. Now for November, it has passed that mark and currently sits at 30.2%. Unsurprisingly, Lollipop is still not available through this graph, given that it is only publicly available starting today, so you can expect to see Android 5.0 appear in next month’s numbers.
As for the rest of the field, Jelly Bean sits at 50.9%, which is slightly down from last month’s 53.8%. Ice Cream Sandwich is also on the decline, falling to 8.5% from 9.6%, and Gingerbread now sits at 9.8% down from 11.4%.
Google updated its Android distribution numbers this afternoon, showing a jump for Kit Kat from 17.9% in July to over 20% (20.9%) in August. While Kit Kat has climbed, the numbers show devices running Jelly Bean (54.2%) and Ice Cream Sandwich (10.6%) on the decline. Those running Gingerbread and Froyo haven’t moved much. Actually Android 2.3 saw a slight jump to 13.6% from 13.5%, which is odd.
The lucky few who have been able to snatch a OnePlus One will be happy to hear that an update to Android 4.4.4 is scheduled to roll out within hours.
The list of changes in firmware 30O is rather long, but it includes a new camera feature which was announced this morning. Clear Image uses the same principles of HDR to stitch together 10 individual photos, while improving clarity and reducing a photo’s noise. The OnePlus One team says that unlike other image-stitching solutions, Clear Image uses intelligent compression to minimize file size while maximizing quality. (more…)
Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 LTE model is joining the Galaxy S5 in today’s update party. This update is quite significant though, unlike the bug fixer that was issued to the GS5. The G Pad 8.3 LTE on Big Red is receiving a big jump to Android 4.4.2 from Android 4.2.2. That’s right, Kit Kat is finally here.
The update brings Kit Kat goodies like new white icons in the notification area, immersive mode for viewing images and reading books, cloud print services, multi-user login, and more. In terms of other features, the update includes LG’s Knock Code lock screen security enhancement. (more…)
Google updated its Android distribution numbers this afternoon, showing yet another steady increase to 18% of the Android user base being Kit Kat users. Last month, Kit Kat – the most recent version of Android available to the public – was listed at about 14%, still way behind Jelly Bean with 58%.
This month, not too much has changed, as Jelly Bean still commands the field at 56.5%. While a minor decrease is taking place in Jelly Bean’s numbers, it’s basically at a snail’s pace. (more…)