Android 4.4 KitKat, which made its debut on October 2013, is slowly munching away at Android 4.2 Jellybean, according to the latest numbers put out on the Android Developers Dashboard.
Android 4.4 KitKat deployments on devices, mainly smartphone and tablets, have been steadily increasing:
- 33.9% in December 2014
- 30.2% in November 2014
- 25% in September 2014
- 21% in August 2014
Still in pole position is Android 4.2 Jellybean with the following numbers:
- 48.7% in December 2014
- 50.9% in November 2014
When placed on the list, the degree of fragmentation of the Google Android OS looks as thus:
- 48.7% for Android 4.2 Jellybean
- 33.9% for Android 4.4 KitKat
- 9.1% for Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 7.8% for Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich
Kitkat now 1/3 of Google Android OS – Lollipop has to get a few more licks to be popular
The increasing percentages of Android 4.2 Jellybean and Android 4.4 KitKat may be due to defectors from both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich.Good to note that Android 2.3 Gingerbread declined from 9.8% in November 2014, as compatibility issues means they cannot upgrade to at least Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich, which is surprisingly unpopular.
This is possibly due to the problems with Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich, also down from 8.5% from November 2014 in terms of smartphones having problems with the new version of Google Android and the ease of upgrade to Android 4.2 Jellybean and Android 4.4 KitKat may explain the disparity in numbers.
The numbers still show that Google Android is fragmented, but slowly getting more organized. This becomes apparent when the delicious or delectable food-themed OS stats, when compared to the Android Developers Dashboard back in August 2014 as laid out in my article Android KitKat beats Jellybean in the Fragmented World of Android smartphones.
But as Android 5.0 Lollipop, which launched on Monday November 3rd 2014 creeps unto the scene at below 1%, we can expect OEM (Original Equiptment Manufacturers) like LG and Motorola to slowly start rolling out their smartphones and tablet with the new OS to greet the 2015, the Year of the Sheep.
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