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KitKat jumps to 2.5 percent of active devices, up solidly from February

Google has just released its monthly report on the number of active devices using each Android platform version, and march 2014 looks very similar to last month. On the legacy end, Android 2.2 Froyo has dipped to just 1.2 percent of active devices, while 2.3 Gingerbread has finally dipped under the 20 percent mark. Honeycomb somehow holds on to that 0.1 percent share it has held for several months now.

On the upswing are Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich and above) builds, which are now 79.7 percent of all active devices. 4.0 and 4.1 actually dipped in the month to hold 50.5 percent of usage, while Android 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 all rose to claim the other 29.2 percent. KitKat makes up just 2.5 percent of all active Android devices, but that's up pretty solidly from 1.8 percent in February.

Even though the older versions may not be dropping off as quickly as we'd hope, things are always moving in the right direction. In a matter of months we could see Froyo down under 1 percent of devices, Honeycomb completely off the map and KitKat nearing 5 percent. It takes time, but devices are being updated and folks are picking up new phones and tablets every day.

Source: Android Developer Dashboard


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Android 4.x on nearly 80% of active devices, Gingerbread finally under 20%


Exactly, you know the person that owns that device is laughing everytime these poll numbers come out.

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The Froyo count is most likely from the original Kindle Fire, which cannot be upgraded w/o switching to a non-Amazon build. The Honeycomb count is most likely all the GoogleTV owners out there, such as myself. Both of which are perfect examples of being screwed over as an early adopter.

On that note about GoogleTV, some update actually REMOVED the Google Play store from it (which is probably where these stats come from, therefor making the install base look smaller?) - and having it removed means it is now impossible to update existing apps on the device - impossible to download new apps - and in some cases impossible to even use existing apps, as they can no longer authenticate via the missing Play app. Good show there, guys!

Can the Kindles get counted? I though these numbers were generated by connections to the Google Play Store, which the Kindle doesn't use. Am I off here?

So that means Google can see me running Cyanogenmod 11 android 4.4.2 on my Note 2 Lte everytime I log into the play store? Cool

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The original Kindle Fire has a forked Gingerbread Rom. They aren't counted unless that person rooted and installed the Play Store.

Just because we have three versions with the same name it doesn't mean they're not way behind. Their marketing is working in a way though so having 3 versions with the same name helps fragmentation not look so "bad." However, I think having 35.3% of devices running 4.1 (3 versions behind) is similar to how many devices were on Froyo or Gingerbread when ICS came out.

Oh come on. It's only taken 2+ years for them to be able to say this. Let everyone have a little celebration.

Actually my wife´s phone is on 4.1.2 and there are already some apps that can´t run on her device, due to compatibility issues. Apparently they need 4.2 and above.

Do Kindles ever get upgraded? I could see some of the kindle fires being holdouts here.

And nearly 1/5 of android users are still on Gingerbread. I don't understand this strong reluctancy to upgrade. Its a piece of crap. Why can't you die m
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If you're like me, you can't afford it. I'd love to get rid of my gingerbread phone, but I just can't afford it.

Not trying to be a dick at all, but I find that kind of hard to believe. Especially with the Moto G at a measly $100, and numerous other cheap options to get into the Jelly Bean/Kit Kat era. Again, not being a dick, just confused about it being unaffordable.

However, I do get that everyone's financial situation is different, and also none of my business...

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I wish I could say $100 was measly! :-( But no, I understand. I'm just a college student that can barely make rent each month even with me and my wife working. It just takes a while to save up. I'm working on getting a moto g. :-)

Edit: Someday that college will pay off though and then I'll hopefully be able to upgrade more often!

Nah, I want to earn it myself! :-)

Plus, I feel pretty dang lucky. I mean, I get to go to college and have a roof over my head. Probably 90% of the people in the world wish they had that much! Life is good! :-)

Right on man, I definitely feel you on that. You got your priorities right my friend. But you don't need me to tell you that, lol

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Can't get rid of Gingerbread because people really like all those lime green accents!

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I have lots of Gingerbread devices around my house. Only one Jelly Bean and one Kit Kat. I still like the older versions, they work well when you're not using the phone for much. They don't have as much going on, so they crash less often.

Cupcake is not so bad either, I have 2 with one still in use. It's just the hardware that doesn't always last much longer than 2 or 3 years (depending on who made it of course).

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Still based on the damn 3 year contracts canada used to have my s1 contract just wore off 2 months ago. And a lot of people don't rush phones either, slows down the progress of upgrading.

Sadly most of my friends still stuck with note 1s.

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Unfortunately, it's not up to the owners of the devices. If it were, EVERYONE would be snackin' on kitkat. It's the carriers that drag their ass getting updates to us. My current case in point is Sprint, holding up the kitkat for my LG G2. T-Mobile and AT&T have already released the update for their phones, but Sprint is still filling it with bloat and spyware before it goes out. OR... The manufacturer decides they are only providing updated for 18 months, on a phone you got on a 2 year contract, and that's assuming that you got the phone when it was first released. It's quite the scam.

I'm on year 2 of a 3 year contract with Bell Canada on my note 2 lte. I got so fed up with waiting for updates, I rooted to CWM and installed the latest nightly CM11. I'm running android 4.4.2 now. There's no need to run old OS's, especially after the 12 month warranty has expired.

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I did the exact same thing, until the radio on my note 2 quit working. No offense, but the Note 2 may be the worst phone I have had in years. So buggy.

The fact that KitKat can run on lower power devices will probably help this going forward. So many of these older devices just can't run the new OS so they got abandoned. Think of how many Windows XP computers are still around and mostly for this reason. Still, that chart looks bad in my view. To think that so many 4.1 devices never got pushed beyond that is sad. 4.1 is only around 18 mo old from when it first arrived on devices.

Ok, being more and more confirmed that my choice of supporting >=4.0 in my latest apps was ok. Although slowly.
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I remember when Gingerbread was the cats ass! It had HUGE performance improvements that EVERYONE wanted. Now, it's just a couple years later, and we talk about how horrible it is. We will be saying the same thing about kitkat in less than a year. :)

Gingerbread wasn't a fully mature OS and didn't have the design appeal that KitKat has today. Things are different.
Back then, you had fun with Gingerbread but you also understood why someone would choose an iPhone instead then. Android simply didn't have enough support and appeal that gets people going to it despite gingerbread being more customizable than iOS.
Today, with KitKat being buttery smooth with a distinct design language and a fully developed ecosystem and support, you really can't go wrong at all going with Android over Apple.
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I'm contributing to the Honeycomb number. My Sony NSX-32GT1 (Google TV) still uses Honeycomb and works quite well I must say. I'll probably use it for several years to come.

Slow releases on purpose, only to push newer models. Still waiting for my T-Mobile S4 KITKAT update! Ridiculous!!!
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Question: Why can't you remove inactive devices from your playstore account & how do they decide active devices?

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