Android Platform Versions

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