Latest Android distribution stats now available, include the first appearance of KitKatAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Quick, mobile fans, check the calendar! It's the start of a new month, and that means that it's time once again to dive into Google's latest Android platform distribution numbers. The Big G today posted a fresh batch of stats to its official developer website, giving us a rundown of which versions of Android were actively used to access the Google Play Store during the seven-day period ending on Dec. 2.
This month's pie chart is notable because it marks the first appearance of Android 4.4 KitKat. Unsurprisingly, the new dessert's slice of the distribution pie is small, measuring just 1.1 percent. It's worth noting that Android 4.4 is currently only available to a handful of devices, such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, the Google Play edition phones and the Moto X.
Moving from one of the smallest pieces of this month's distribution pie to the biggest, we come to Android 4.1-Android 4.3. Jelly Bean managed to finish the survey period with a market share of 54.5 percent, which is a 2.4 increase from last month's figures. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich wasn't quite as lucky as its Jelly Bean counterpart, dropping from 19.8 percent last month to a 18.6 percent share this month.
Android 3.2 Honeycomb managed to hold onto its 0.1 percent share for yet another month while the once-dominant Android 2.3 Gingerbread continued its decline, dropping from a share of 26.3 percent in November to 24.1 percent this month. Rounding out the December dessert tray is Android 2.2 Froyo with a share of 1.6 percent.
Jelly Bean may no longer be the freshest dessert to come out of Google's Mountain View kitchen, but it's still good to see that version continue to steal market share away from even older versions of Android. KitKat's appearance on this month's chart is also a welcome sight, and while its slice of the distribution pie is small right now, that number will continue to grow in the coming months as devices like the HTC One get updated to Android 4.4 and new models begin to come to market with KitKat preinstalled.
So Android users, now that we know which versions of Google's OS were used the most over the past week, it's time that I ask you: Which version(s) of Android are you currently running?