As per by the Google, the newest Android release – KitKat, occupies about one out of every four Android devices. The information, which is based on smartphones and tablets accessing the Google Play store over a 7-day period ending on September 9, 2014, shows that Android 4.4, KitKat, is installed on 24.5 percent of devices.
Android 4.4 was published on 31 October, 2013, and first made its public show on the Nexus 5, but it now powers a solid range of smartphones and tablets. Nevertheless, the reign of KitKat is slowly coming to an end now that Google has unveiled its successor, Android L.
Google opens its Android distribution report in the month of August and brings up that, Android 4.4 KitKat continues its march towards larger market share – it immediately falls on nearly a quarter of all devices out there (24.5% to be precise). The profit of Android 4.4 came mostly at the expense of 4.1 Jelly Bean and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and both the builds lost some of their shares over the month of August. Android 4.2 and 4.3 Jelly Bean registered a slight gain in share, but, Android 2.3 Gingerbread dropped to 11.4%, while Android 2.2 Froyo remains at 0.7% of all devices and there is no need of any spectacular alterations to the overall landscape in September – Android 4.4 will certainly continue its march towards a bigger cut of the distribution pipe, but the launch of Android L will surely alter things in the months beyond.
All in all, this means that there’s considerable fragmentation among devices that runs with Jelly Bean, with the majority that are unable to benefit from the features introduced in versions 4.2.x, 4.3, and now on 4.4 as KitKat is getting traction on devices.
With KitKat and Jelly Bean now powering over three quarters of the Android devices accessing the Google Play store, the older platforms are slowly being forced away. Nevertheless, they are nonetheless likely to remain significant well into 2015. By which time, KitKat will have been superseded by Android L, and a new Android release will be struggling to gain traction.