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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

 
There are 43 comments

NoYankees44 says:

Die Gingerbread Die!

uultramann says:

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

Budius says:

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.

NoNexus says:

Yes let's do that

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jakeuten says:

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

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mirad77 says:

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.

mrfg says:

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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Hunter Petit says:

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

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shaytoon21 says:

LOL

NoNexus says:

I keep firing up the Fascinates that I have around my hose to get the Froyo numbers up

thatguy97 says:

Is that a galaxy s1 carrier variant

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

NoNexus says:

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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There are times I actually miss my old Captivate.

dan1431 says:

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.

Dan

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Stephan Hall says:

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.

DWR_31 says:

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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movielover76 says:

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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tdizzel says:

But you're missing the HUGE story here!
"Google B44 LOBBY"
Android L will be Lobby!

TheDu9du says:

My bet is on Lucky Charms. Delicious and nutritious.

movielover76 says:

I like that one lol

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Ommadawn says:

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.

TheDu9du says:

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.

cordawgfrito says:

Get over it. SD cards need to die. They are the floppy disk of the mobile world.

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Ommadawn says:

Well, you're entitled to your opinion, I just don't have to share it.

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HeyImAlexD says:

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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TheDu9du says:

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.

NoNexus says:

You know your not getting an OTA to L anytime soon right?

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

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elissa penn says:

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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NoNexus says:

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.

Sounds like your KK install was sabotaged by gremlins.

Dizfunctions says:

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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Stephan Hall says:

Never had a single issue with kit kat. Using 4.4.4 and still no issues.

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At least we're not seeing honeycomb anymore!

luckymeeh says:

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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Lamaryo says:

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

Sent from Rooted Galaxy S4

cordawgfrito says:

Fragmentation is not that big of an issue.

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Hiberny says:

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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CeluGeek says:

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.

vcarvega says:

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!!!

Dan29466 says:

Holy crap, Google. Look at your stock price and then go slap a coat of paint on that shabby-ass sign.