Android KitKat hits 13.6% adoption, Jelly Bean falls below 60% and Gingerbread slips under 15%

Android KitKat hits 13.6% adoption, Jelly Bean falls below 60% and Gingerbread slips under 15%

Google today updated its Platform Versions page for Android, revealing that KitKat has entered double-digits for the first time, hitting 13.6 percent adoption. All other Android versions have lost share, including Jelly Bean falling below the 60 percent mark on Google Play and Gingerbread slipping below 15 percent.

Breaking down the numbers more specifically, 58.4 percent of Android users are using Jelly Bean, 14.9 percent have devices powered by Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), Honeycomb has been dropped from the list completely, 14.9 percent are stuck with Gingerbread, and 0.8 percent unfortunately still have Froyo. Here’s how the current Android landscape looks in graph and table form:


Between May and June, Android 4.4 grabbed a whopping 5.1 percentage points (moving from 8.5 percent to 13.6 percent), Android 4.3 gained 1.8 percentage points (from 8.5 percent to 10.3 percent), Android 4.2 gained 0.3 percentage points (from 18.8 percent to 19.1 percent), and Android 4.1 dropped 4.5 percentage points (from 33.5 percent to 29.0 percent).

Android 4.0 lost another 1.1 points (from 13.4 percent to 12.3 percent), Gingerbread took a hit of 1.3 points (from 16.2 percent to 14.9 percent), and Froyo slipped 0.2 percent points (from 1.0 percent to 0.8 percent). Here is the bigger picture: the Jelly Beans (June 2012, November 2012, and July 2013) are still first, Gingerbread (released December 2010) is second, KitKat (October 2013) has taken third, and ICS (October 2011) has fallen to fourth.

For reference, here’s the data from May:


Right now it appears unlikely that we’ll see Android 4.4 KitKat in a leadership position in 2014, but this month’s growth is certainly promising. We’ll see it pass Gingerbread next, but the next Android version will come before it can steal the crown from Jelly Bean.

After all, Google I/O is later this month. Hopefully the Android maker will introduce a strategy for pushing new versions to users faster.

See also – Motorola announces Android 4.4.3 update for Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E will start rolling out this week and Research project Cider brings iOS apps to Android devices

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