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Android in February: Lollipop doubles its share in a month

Google released the Android distribution report for the month of February. The latest Android 5.0 Lollipop has more than doubled its distribution share in a month – it now runs on 3.3% of all Android hardware (up from 1.6% last month).

The growth of Android 5.0 Lollipop should hardly catch anyone by surprise. A number of high-volume Android devices received an update to the new build over the past month. New hardware with the OS has also hit the market.

Android 4.4 KitKat also grew its distribution share to 40.9%. A month ago, 39.7% of all devices ran KitKat.

Unsurprisingly, Android Jelly Bean and its various iterations lost a bit of ground in February. Combined, the three major Jelly Bean releases boot on 42.6% of all devices – down from 44.5% a month ago.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 2.3 Gingerbread have declined by half a percentage point each to 5.9% and 6.9% respectively. Android 2.2 Froyo hasn’t moved from its 0.4% distribution share.

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