Android 4.4 KitKat was and still is the most widely distributed version of Google’s mobile operating system worldwide. The gap, however, is closing as Lollipop is on the rise and that trend should remain with the introduction of Marshmallow. Unfortunately, Lollipop isn’t even in second place because three versions of Jelly Bean are standing tall. Both KitKat and Jelly Bean are very popular among low-end and mid-range devices. And somehow devices with Froyo, a version released in May 2010, are operating today.
Each month, Google organizes the distribution of Android into a very simple pie chart. The data shows which the versions of Android that are still active on device’s today. On Monday, Google finished collecting data for September 2015. Things are how you’d expect them to be: Lollipop is still growing while KitKat is the most popular version of Android.
The latest Android distribution numbers for the month are in, and it looks like Lollipop has taken a massive jump thanks to the release of some high profile devices running 5.0 right out of the box. Android 5.0 captured 9% of the market share, although Android 5.1 only snagged 0.7%, a side effect of how many phones shipped with older software over the past month.
KitKat and Jelly Bean are still pretty dominant, with 4.4 making up 39.8% of Android devices and the multitude of Jelly Bean versions capturing a similar 39.2%. These numbers are down only a few percentage points from last month. Read more
It’s funny how everyone gets so excited for the monthly Android distribution numbers. It’s not like they ever show anything different. It’s the same thing every year……Every new version of Android takes forever to reach the majority of device, and we always see the biggest increases when new phones like the HTC One and Galaxy S6 get released.
Android just released the latest numbers, which show Lollipop’s continued very slow rise. Now sitting at 5.4%, that’s only a 1.1% increase from last month. Also part of that number is Android 5.1, which represents 0.4% of that 5.4%.
The latest distribution of Android was published earlier today and it shows that Lollipop has reached 3.3% of devices with Google’s operating system. This is an increase from January when Lollipop was not able to be registered, so it took the current version of Android about 3-4 months to become noteworthy. The most commonly found version is still Android 4.4 KitKat with 40.9% of the distribution. All of the other versions, with the exception of Android 2.2 Froyo, are continuing to fall.
Source: Android Developers
Google has updated their Android distribution numbers for January, and everything is about where we expect it to be. Ice Cream Sandwich saw a decline, although small, while KitKat increased its market share by about 5% to 39.1%. Most of that growth came at the expense of the much older Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, as they both saw about a 1% decline each. Froyo is sitting at 0.4%, down from 0.5%, so it’s hanging on as hard as it can.
Interestingly, Lollipop hasn’t registered on these distribution numbers. Google always notes that they don’t display Android versions that account for less than 0.1% of the market, so if that’s the reasoning behind not displaying Lollipop, the adoption for Android 5.0 is not good. Read more
The latest round of Android distribution numbers is no different than last month’s changes. While continuing to dominate as a whole, Jelly Bean is declining in favor of KitKat. Jelly Bean has finally fell below 50% and KitKat is now approaching 34%. With the release of Lollipop, it is highly unlikely that KitKat will ever surpass Jelly Bean; however, Jelly Bean should continue to see declines and eventually lose its lead.
Android distribution numbers were released earlier today showing slow, but continued growth for Android 4.4 KitKat. Last month it was on 20.9% of devices, and this month it has climbed up to 24.5%. Not all that significant, but it’s more than Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich combined, which wasn’t the case last month. Android Jelly Bean continues to dominate with 53.8% of devices, which is slightly down from the 54.2% it showed last month.
Any picks on what KitKat will show next month? I say 28.7%.
source: Android Developers
It’s that time of month again: Google revealed the current distribution of Android software on devices around the world. Unlike in the past, where Gingerbread was the king ahead of a lagging Jelly Bean, the latest OS has been sufficiently spreading the love to everyone. According to the pie graph, one out of every five devices is running KitKat, and a little over one half of devices is running Jelly Bean. Read more
When the Android distribution numbers are published each month, a great debate begins. Many point out the fragmentation (that does still exist) while others defend what Android is all about and how Google is fixing its problem. But as of late, the numbers keep getting better and better for Android. In fact, KitKat is approaching 20% after sitting below 15% last month. And everything behind KitKat has actually seen a decline. This includes Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo.
So let the hate roll in, even if Android is improving more and more each month. Let us know in the comments what you think about Android’s distribution for July.
Source: Android Developers