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Slowly but surely, Android 4.4 KitKat is on the rise. The most recent version of Android saw an increase of 4.3 percentage points, according to the latest numbers released by Google. The results include devices that have pinged the Google Play Store over the past seven days, ending July 7. Here's how it breaks down:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat: 17.9 percent, up from 13.6 percent at the beginning of June.
  • Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean: 55.5 percent, down from 58.4 percent a month ago.
  • Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich: 11.4 percent, down from 12.3 percent.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread: 13.5 percent, down from 14.9 percent.

Source: Android Platform Versions


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KitKat usage ticks up a few more percentage points


Seriously. 13% of Android owners either haven't upgraded in more than 3 years or got hoodwinked into the worst phone.

for the second option, blame it to Samsung, which until last year was flooding markets after markets with $50 phones with it.
Nowadays they at least updated the flood to a bit more modern stuff.

Samsung's phones release with kitkat now a days, and jellybean last year and majority of 2012...

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The developing countries that can't afford changing their phones as frequently as you and I;Plus company like Samsung trying to drain every penny they can from anyone.

Gingerbread will never die! I'm turning on my Galaxy 551 once a week just to check for updates on Google Play. :-)

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One person doesn't even count as 1%... But I know some people are still going to do that.

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Yeah it was on Verizon. Good phone at the start, but an update KILLED it horribly. Verizon ended up giving newer replacement phones out.

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Back then, outside of the Nexus Program, handset manufacturers generally did not upgrade handsets all that much.

So, I am not surprised that Gingerbread is still out there. Heck my friend's Mom is still rocking a Droid Incredible 2 and it serves her purposes just fine.


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I've always thought that we forget that mostly Android enthusiasts hang out in forums such as Android Central. For many, if it makes a phone call and checks email . . . it's good enough. Updating is a non-issue.

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After starting off with an LG Thrive con froyo my first gingerbread phone seemed pretty darn good. Pretty stable when coupled with some decent hardware.

Early adoption is not for me. I normally wait 8 months to a year before pulling the trigger on a newer device. I can pretty much say the same for Android updates. I just need to see how good support is for devices and software are before I lock myself in.

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8 months to a year seems excessive, a couple months I get, see how the reviews come out and bug complaints.
But at 8 months to a year your buying last year's outdated device. If that's a cost thing it makes some sense. If it's purely being cautious I think your erring a little bit too much on the side of caution.

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The jump in Kit Kat was probably because my Samsung S3 mini received the 4.4.2 update on Rogers network in Canada. Don't you just hate that.

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The changes KitKat made to external SD card use have discouraged me from updating my stock Note3 from Jellybean. I understand why it was done, but I still don't like it.

I wouldn't update if I was you. Kit Kat is no bueno. If you like the default SMS service which in my opinion is descent on the Note 3 then you are not really missing on anything.

I'm with you. Honestly, one of the first things I look for in a phone after RAM space is an SD card slot (the being a removable back). I'm all for cloud storage and all that, but I still very much liking having things store on my physical sd card.

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Not so much by choice. Kit Kat is in my opinion worse than Jelly Bean. I'm hoping Lard will be better and that my N4 does get us OTA soon.

Some of us can't update if we wanted too. LG isn't letting us..... LG Optimus G Pro unlocked

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I'd like to know how much Google paid these people to say all these wonderful things about KitKat. Sorry, but my phone is less than a year old and KitKat was installed on my phone and ever since I have had nothing but problem after problem. Wiped out most of my pics, contacts, and the latest.....I can't open anything and I get "no app installed to open URL". I'm not an idiot, however...... I have written, Posted, called,etc. To get help and nothing. Is it even possible to speak to a human????? Sorry, but I am soooooo frustrated and angry because of the lack of help, everyone hides behind computers and texts. I just want old school customer service from a human.

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What carrier? I have had no issues with any American carrier with getting a person.

Since things are already wiped out, do a factory reset. Usually that takes care of extreme issues.

Sound like the install wasn't done right. I have it on my LG G2 from T-Mobile and it works out just fine.

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KitKat has been available for about 10 months already. It should be on at least 50% of all of the devices in the world by now. The fragmentation needs to be fixed!!!

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It's gunna be a while before they hit 1 billion. Witch 75% of them can't even get the update

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With a lot of new features updated as apps fragmentation is less of an issue than it was before. However, people love to say fragmentation.

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If I still had a Honeycomb tablet, I'd still turn it on and check out Google Maps and Google Play, just to see myself as the only Honeycomb survivor.

Since my phone and tablet are both Nexus devices, I always forget how slow the adoption rate is for these updates. I'm surprised that KitKat will be a year old in 3 months and is still under 20%. I feel sorry for those that will take that long to update to Android L!!!