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

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 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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