KitKat finally shows up in latest Android adoption numbers, Jelly Bean reigns


The latest Android numbers are in and the most exciting (and depressing too) news is that KitKat is finally showing up to the party. Though negligible, the now dominant Jelly Bean also started out like that so there’s a future for the candy bar flavour.

Android 2.2 (codename: Froyo) continues with its outward march since it commands only 1.6% of following on Google’s mobile platform, a drop from the 2.2% it held last time these numbers were out.  Devices running Android 2.3 (codename: Gingerbread) also saw a dip with just 24.5% of them making the cut in the latest December figures as released by Google. A 4 percentage drop from 28.5% last time for an Android version that has been very resilient is quite significant and if you ask me that should mark the beginning of the end for Gingerbread. By February it should have dropped below the 20% mark. Devices running Android 4.0 account for over 70% of all Android devices accessing the Google Play Store. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) saw a slight drop while Jelly Bean is still on an unstoppable rise. KitKat’s introduction is sure to eat into Jelly Bean’s gains going forward though as more and more devices currently running Android 4.3 make the jump to Android 4.4.

December android adoption chart



Android Version Codename/Dessert Name Distribution
2.2 Froyo 1.6
2.3 Gingerbread 24.5%
3.x Honeycomb 0.1%
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 18.6%
4.1 Jelly Bean 37.4%
4.2 12.9%
4.3 4.2%
4.4 KitKat 1.1%


Source: Google



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