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Updated Android distribution chart shows gains for KitKat

Google has made its monthly update to the Android developer dashboard, specifically the “Platform Versions” chart. This tells us how much market share each Android iteration still has among currently active devices. The data is collected from the Google Play Store app.

KitKat is now at 39.1% of the pie (and up 5.2%), though the three different versions called Jelly Bean are still in the lead when counted together. In total, Jelly Bean is installed on 46% of devices, though obviously KitKat keeps growing and should catch up in the next few months.

If we don’t count all Jelly Bean variants together, then KitKat is already in the lead. Gingerbread sticks around too with 7.8% of the market (though 1.3% less than before), while Froyo is at 0.4% and clearly on the way out.

Google notes that versions with less than 0.1% distribution don’t make it to its chart, which means Lollipop has yet to cross that incredibly low threshold, despite being the latest incarnation of the OS. This tells us that sales of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 aren’t record breaking by any measure, at least not so far.

KitKat is now more than a year old and it still hasn’t managed to cross 50%, so it will take a very long time for Lollipop to rise, that’s pretty much a given.



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