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

November 4th, 2014 at 6:50 AM
Lollipop vs KitKat: Android Distribution

Google has posted new Android distribution numbers on its Android Developers site, revealing that KitKat is now installed on almost a third of Android devices that connect to the Google Play Store, just as it’s getting ready to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Already one-year old, KitKat is far from being the most popular Android OS version, though its share has increased by almost 6% compared to last month, hitting 30.2% at the end of October. Jelly Bean is holding the most market share — 50.9% when combining the three different Jelly Bean builds out there — a drop from the 53.8% registered in early October.

Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are still around, at 8.5% and 9.3%, respectively, both down since the previous period.

Lollipop is still too young to appear in Google’s Android stats, as the official Android 5.0 release is just being rolled out. Android 5.0 will initially be available on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, followed by older Nexus smartphones and tablets, Google Play Edition devices, and various flagship handsets from the main Android device makers.

A graphic showing the current Android distribution numbers as recorded on November 3rd by Google, follows below.

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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