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KitKat continues to chip away at Jelly Bean as Android distribution shifts yet again

December 2nd, 2014 at 8:15 PM
Android KitKat Numbers

On Monday, Google released the latest data detailing Android platform distribution for the 7-day period ending on December 1st. For the first time in 2014, the three versions of Jelly Bean have fallen below 50% distribution as KitKat continues its steady ascent — 30.2% in November to 33.9% in December.

LAST TIME: With Lollipop incoming, KitKat is now on almost a third of Android devices

Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread have dropped slightly as well, coming in at 7.8% and 9.1%, respectively.

It’s a good sign that Android users are still steadily moving toward the latest software, but fragmentation isn’t coming to an end any time soon, especially with Android 5.0 on the way.

Interestingly, despite the rollout of Lollipop picking up steam near the end of November, Google has yet to include Android 5.0 in its distribution statistics. At this point, Lollipop is only available on a few select flagship devices, but it’s hard to believe the latest version of Android has yet to cross the 0.5% threshold in order to be included in the distribution update.

Many Android device makers have pledged to have Android 5.0 up and running on their phones and tablets faster than any previous upgrade, but the proliferation of Lollipop is going to have to wait until 2015.

Google’s chart for Android distribution recorded during the last week of December follows below.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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