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

Updated 4 years ago
Lollipop vs KitKat: Android Distribution
Image: Google Inc.

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
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 closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.