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Android distribution numbers show KitKat on the rise, Jelly Bean still flavor of the month

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Jellybean-vs-KitKatThe number of up-to-date Android users keeps growing, albeit sluggishly, and, according to the latest distribution chart released by Google, roughly one in 20 devices that visited the Play Store in the last week of March ran 4.4 KitKat.

Specifically, 5.3 percent, more than twice as many as 30 days back, when KK’s market share barely reached 2.5 points. Of course, as the newest Android flavor is but a month away from reaching the venerable age of half a year, 5 and even 10 percent sounds disappointing. Like a drop in the ocean.

An ocean still dominantly controlled by Jelly Bean (versions 4.1 through 4.3), which currently account for a total of 61.4 percent of Google Play hits. That’s down from 62 full points a month ago, but I think we can all agree it’s impressive when considering JB is closing in on its two-year anniversary.

Of the three slightly distinct Jelly Bean variants, 4.1 continues to rule, with 34.4 percent, followed by 4.2 (18.1), and 4.3 (8.9). Meanwhile, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 2.3 Gingerbread and especially 2.2 Froyo and 3.2 Honeycomb are ever closer to extinction, with market shares ranging from 14.3 percent (ICS) to a microscopic 0.1 (HC).

But again, all things considered, the four, particularly the older than the Internet Froyo, are doing mighty well. Mighty well indeed, mostly because Google and app developers are too stubborn to join hands and quash fragmentation altogether. And to think Android 5.0 may soon see daylight.

Via [Android Developers]

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