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KitKat gains steam, now on 1.1% of all Android devices

Published Dec 3rd, 2013 6:15PM EST
Android KitKat Market Share
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After just one month, Android 4.4, or KitKat, is now on 1.1% of all Android devices, according to the latest update to Google’s Android dashboard. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) still has the largest share, with 54.5%, followed by Gingerbread (Android 2.3) at 24.1% and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) at 18.6%. Google updates its Android dashboard at the beginning of each month. Since KitKat was released on October 31st, this was the first update that included the latest version of Android. Early KitKat adoption seems low, as is the case with all new Android versions following their debuts, but 1.1% penetration is actually quite respectable. 

Android 4.3, which was released in July, is now only at 4.2%, which helps illustrate how much faster Android 4.4 is being picked up than other recent builds. At this point, KitKat is only available on a few devices, such as the Nexus 7, the Nexus 5, the Nexus 4, and certain models of Samsung’s Galaxy S4, HTC’s One, and Motorola’s Moto X. As always, Google continues to struggle a bit with getting its partners to update their devices quickly, since they often rely on carriers to update devices to the latest version of Android.