Not surprisingly, the Jelly Bean versions of Google Inc’s Android operating system are still enjoying a 60% distribution rate among all measured Android devices. This is from a monthly data released by the company that takes into account the OS of Android devices that transacted within or visited Google Play store in the week ending January 8.
The increase accounted for about 5% rise in distribution rate compared to statistics released in December. This may mean that Android 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 are still among the most popular OS versions in the market today.
In the same data, it could be inferred that many of old Android versions users opt to move to Jelly Bean than to the latest Android version, KitKat. Users of Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread fell to 17% and 21%, respectively. The two old iterations each had about 2% drop in volume of users.
Android version 4.4, or more popularly known as KitKat, is yet to make a significant mark in the industry. According to the same data source, this latest OS version presently accounts for about 1.4% of total Android measured devices.
This may come as no surprise as the new Android iteration is yet to be carried out by more devices. To date, KitKat is running only on updated Nexus and Motorola smartphones. Handset manufacturers are yet to unleash the floodgates for the OS.
However, many manufacturers are aiming to adopt the OS version soon, especially for their popular and new smartphones. Thus, it would be exciting to observe how these figures could possibly change in the next several months. It should also be noted that Google seems determined to push KitKat these days to make it the more popular Android iteration due to the many new features it brings.
Other older Android versions
There are still users of much older Android versions. Users of Froyo or Android 2.2 seem to still be clinging to the antiquated OS. They accounted for just 1.3% of all measured Android users. Honeycomb could be considered as almost extinct with a 0.1% share of the pie. Analysts think those users are probably Google TV users who are not given the opportunity to upgrade to a newer Android version.
The distribution measure focuses only on devices that run on Android 2.2 or newer versions. It should be noted that Google Play Store app doesn’t work anymore on OS older than Android 2.2.