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Android L is far too young and innocent to show up in Google’s Android stats

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:49PM EST
Android L and Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google has published new Android distribution stats on its developers portal, the first numbers shared by the company following the Android L Developer Preview release, but the company did not include any Android L numbers in the new chart. That’s hardly surprising though, not only because Android L is not commercially available at this point, but also because the Developer Preview was released in the last week of June, with only two devices being officially supported so far.

According to data collected during a 7-day period ending on July 7, 2014, KitKat adoption is still growing steadily, although growth is slower than in the previous period. KitKat now runs on 17.9% of Android devices that connect to the Google Play Store, up from 13.6% in early June.

In the previous month, Honeycomb (finally) disappeared from Google’s Android charts, and it looks like Froyo is on the way out as well, currently registering just 0.7%, down from 0.8%.

Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, which were at 14.9% and 12.3% in early June, respectively, also have lower shares, at 13.5% and 11.4%, respectively.

Finally, Jelly Bean is at 56.50% market share in early July, down from 58.4% a month before.

At I/O, Google revealed it registers over 1 billion Android users each month, not including Android builds where Google services aren’t present, such as Amazon’s Kindle or Android in China.

Google’s graph showing the latest Android distribution numbers follows below.

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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