Android KitKat is now present on 8.5% of all global active devices, according to the data released on the Android Developers Dashboard The latest version of Google’s Operating System increased its share by 3.2% over last month when it stood at 5.3%.
KitKat adoption propelled thanks to a series of flagship smartphone launches from major companies like HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. Meanwhile, KitKat’s predecessor Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) continues to lead as it is present on 60.5 percent all the Android devices.
Ice Cream Sandwich registered a share of 13.4 percent as compared to 14.3 percent in March while Gingerbread dropped to 16.2% from 17.8%. This means that there are more devices currently running Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 through 2.3.7) than Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3 through Android 4.0.4).
The percentage of Android Honeycomb 3.2 also dropped to 0.1 percent, while Froyo 2,2 continued to fade away with mere 1 percent share. It must be noted that the data collected by Google is during a 7-day period ending on May 1st 2014. With more Android 4.4 KitKat handsets expected to be ready for sale in the coming months and with manufacturers delivering updates for existing phones, we can expect this platform to increase its share further.