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Despite massive growth, KitKat still lags behind older Android versions

Android 4.4 Market Share

Google has posted its latest Android distribution numbers on its developers site, revealing huge growth for Android 4.4 KitKat, compared to previous months. Even so, KitKat adoption is still lagging behind older operating systems, an ecosystem “feature” Apple highlighted during the WWDC 2014 opening keynote.

Data collected during a 7-day period ending on June 4 revealed that KitKat is now on 13.6% of Android devices, up from 8.5% in early May. That percentage is still smaller than Gingerbread’s, which is at 14.9% (down from 16.2% in the previous period), and just 1.3% more than Ice Cream Sandwich, currently at 12.3% (down from 13.4% the previous month).

Jelly Bean is still the king of the Android ecosystem, with a combined 58.4% share for early June, down from 60.8% a month before. Of the Jelly Bean versions still running on Android smartphones and tablets, the almost two-year old Android 4.1 is on half of them.

One notable change is that Google’s ancient tablet-only Honeycomb Android version has disappeared for good from its monthly reports.

Google this week rolled out a new KitKat update, Android version 4.4.3, which is rolling out to Nexus devices, and should hit other Motorola handsets in the near future. The company is expected to reveal more Android details later this month, during its I/O developers conference.

A graph showing the current distribution numbers for Android follows below.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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