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KitKat grows but Jelly Bean is still top candy in Android’s candy store

Published Apr 2nd, 2014 7:25AM EDT
Android KitKat Jelly Bean Distribution Numbers

Google has released new data detailing Android distribution for the 7-day period ending on April 1, 2014, revealing that its latest operating system version – Android 4.4 KitKat – is now installed on 5.3% of all Android devices that connect to the Play Store, a significant increase from early March, when KitKat accounted for 2.5% of installations, and early February, when KitKat was installed on less than 2% of devices. However, it’s still Jelly Bean that’s the most popular operating system in Google’s Android ecosystem, with the three different Jelly Bean versions combined accounting for 61.4% of Android users.

Much older Android OS versions are still in the picture, with the new data showing that 14.3% and 17.8% of Android users are on Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, respectively. Traces of Froyo and Honeycomb are also present, although both Android versions are under 1.2% combined.

Compared to last month, all OS versions other than KitKat have declined when it comes to market share. Google is expected to release a new KitKat version soon, to fix various bugs, and launch a new Android version later this year, quite possibly alongside new Nexus hardware.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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