Skip to main content

KitKat Now Running On 1.1 Percent of Android Devices

Android 4.4 KitKat was just announced last month, but the OS is already creeping into a growing number of devices. The latest figures from Google's Android developer dashboard show KitKat market share now stands at 1.1 percent. The figures, which account for the seven days ending December 2, show that Jelly Bean is still the most prevalent version of Android. However, one month after launch, KitKat adoption (1.1 percent) has already surpassed Android 3.2 (a paltry 0.1 percent) and is catching up to Froyo (1.6 percent).

 

Jelly Bean, which covers Android 4.1, Android 4.2, and Android 4.3, accounts for a massive 54.5 percent of the Android market (the most popular iteration of Jelly Bean is 4.1.x). Next in line is Android 2.3.3-2.3.7, aka Gingerbread, which claims 24.1 percent of the market. Ice Cream Sandwich brings up the rear with 18.6 percent of Android market share. Google's Android Developers Dashboard data is gathered from the Google Play Store, which only supports Android 2.2 and up.

Android KitKat was released October 31 and features a refreshed UI, performance optimization, improved notifications, built-in screen recording, improved full-screen mode, and more. It launched alongside the release of the Nexus 5.

Follow Jane McEntegart @JaneMcEntegart. Follow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

  • clonazepam
    Joyce is my baby mama's mama... god I hate that b!atch... wont ever mind her own business....

    I'm 'stuck' on jelly bean until i buy a new phone. I'm waiting for a better option from Motorola. Sadly, the main reason might be the ease in which I transfer "my life" from the old to the new. I keep hearing mixed opinions about other companies' extra layer over android, so i dont know.
    Reply
  • ericburnby
    You mean "KitKat on 1.1% of devices that connected to Google Play in the last 7 days".

    KitKat isn't on 1.1% of ALL Android devices that are in use.
    Reply
  • ethanolson
    I hope HP updates their Slate product line to Kit Kat.
    Reply
  • mcgee101
    I want kit kat on my device but noooo sprint wants me to buy another 2 friggin year service plan for it. I want to blank my device so I can put kit kat on it but nooo congress is passing a soon to be law that says my phone really isn't mine and I can't do $ hit with it except see how pretty it is.
    Reply
  • mcgee101
    I want kit kat on my device but noooo sprint wants me to buy another 2 friggin year service plan for it. I want to blank my device so I can put kit kat on it but nooo congress is passing a soon to be law that says my phone really isn't mine and I can't do $ hit with it except see how pretty it is.
    Reply
  • house70
    Already got it on SGS 4 GPE and enjoying it, as well. Released about one week after Nexus 4's image (and Nexus 7's as well).
    The main difference is the availability of ART (as opposed to Dalvik) and the phone is indeed running a bit smoother. Other than that, I think JB is as solid as ever and really KK is just a prelude/testing ground for the next iteration, which will have ART by default.
    Reply
  • InvalidError
    With the number of people reporting application crashes and random restarts with 4.3/4.4, I would not be in much of a hurry to upgrade beyond 4.2.x
    Reply
  • JOSHSKORN
    Looks like I'll be on 4.1.2 (DROID RAZR MAXX) until I decide to shell out a massive amount of money for a new phone. I'm grandfathered into Verizon's Unlimited Data plan and I need to have an extremely compelling reason to pay full price for a phone. I won't be breaking off a piece of that kitkat bar anytime soon. Either I get a new $300 phone and keep my unlimited data plan, or no upgrade for me. Not paying $700 for a new device.
    Reply
  • virtualban
    I am the 1.6%

    Froyo because my phone is old and does it's job as it is. For the rest, no tablets, rarely laptops, and desktops with 3 displays!
    Reply
  • stokjis
    i have an android phone, and i really start to hate that almost all android users always are using old andorid versions, because the new version isn't supported yet. That is like, we all are using 6 month old or even older software. It's like using 6 month old driver fo the graphics card. This is so annoying. I like android and i hate android at the same time, because of this.
    Reply