KitKat install base doubles in a month, now on 5.3% of Android devices

Android Distribution March to April 2014

Google has released the Android’s Platform Distribution numbers for the period of March to April 2014. This reveals tremendous growth in KitKat share that has doubled from 2.5% to 5.3% in one month. This could be due to increase in number of new devices with Android 4.4 (KitKat). Several manufacturers like HTC, Samsung and Sony have started rolling out Android 4.4 (KitKat) update for their older devices globally.Sony and Samsung have promised Android 4.4 updates for some of their devices, so the KitKat share would increase in coming months. The chart shows that still 61.4% of Android devices are running on Jelly Bean, in which Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) leads with 34.4% share. Since some companies are yet to offer KitKat update for older devices, Jelly Bean share is not likely to come down anytime soon.

Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are losing their share gradually. Back in December KitKat was running on only in 1.1% of devices. It took just four months for KitKat to grab 5.3% share. Some local OEMs like Xolo and iBall have promised KitKat upgrade for their latest devices. Other OEMs are likely to provide KitKat update directly, skipping Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) later this year, that would improve its share.

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

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