KitKat Statue

Right on cue, Google has released the latest platform versions numbers for Android. They're largely in line with what you'd expect — KitKat increases at the expense of older OS versions. But Android 2.3 Gingerbread — arguably the version that saw Android come into its own — is still hanging in there. Here's how it breaks down for the seven days that ended June 4th:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat: 13.6 percent, up from 8.5 percent at the beginning of May.
  • Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean: 58.4 percent, which sat at 60.8 percent a month ago.
  • Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich: 12.3 percent, down from 13.4 percent.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread: 14.9 percent, down from 16.2 percent.

Platform Numbers

Yes, this is finally the disappearance of Android 3.x, Honeycomb, from the numbers as it has less than 0.1 percent of the market. Outside of that, this is more movement in the right direction with KitKat making big gains.

Source: Google

 

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Latest Android platform version numbers show KitKat on the rise, Honeycomb finally gone

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I don't think it was a fail at all. I think it, like Gingerbread among other versions, gave birth to new UX and UI improvements that helped Android get to where it is today.

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Ok maybe not as much the OS but the tablets that shipped with it and there higher than iPad prices that were a turn off for me back then

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 or Samsung galaxy S5

That old Honeycomb UI was pretty bad. Confusing, and it had you working opposite corners of the screen to get things done. It needed the 2012 Nexus 7 to pull the UI back to "It's the same as the phone, but bigger".

honeycomb was not a fail.. it was closed and google only released source code with Android jellybean. Thats why the market share was low since no one could make an update with it

this is quite awesome, was looking forward to junes #s and hey what a nice bday gift, doesnt affect me personally but its nice to see where androids going :)

Lol my mom and my sister both have Galaxy S2's on T-Mobile that never got ICS. Gingerbread is immortal.

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Kolten my S2 on 02 never got an update, it's still on Gingerbread and there's things i can do on that phone that i can't on my new Note 3. Kitkat does not allow photo editing apps to save to sdcard

Gingerbread was good for it's day. Obviously that old Version 2 world refined to it's best.
Don't hate on it. It got a lot of us started.

All it means is that there are still some old phones out there.

You're right. There were some good apps that came out during the gingerbread era that got lost and broken by os updates.

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Their s2's never got the OTA though. And kies, well we aren't going to talk about that horrendous software

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Seriously, it really does seem like it lol...Please go away gingerbread...please!

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Still have the Xoom, it was a great tablet. 4.1.2 was the last update. Root is now needed.

I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

These are only android phones that hit the play store. A lot of the phones in developing markets are still on 2.3.

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Honeycomb lives on my xoom. I'm gonna dust it off the bottom shelf and flash a fresh install maybe I'll boost that number hahahaha

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Mine wasn't either. I got it on the day of release.

I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

I'll flash the original Honeycomb build on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 just to be a first world anarchist.

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I should go turn my galaxy tab 10.1(still on honey comb) and connect it to the play store.

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And I'll turn on my Samsung Galaxy 551 at least once per week just to help Gingerbread numbers. Long live Gingerbread!!!

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And I switch on my Xperia X10, update the apps, and turn it off again (or it just crashes).
Keep the dream alive.

While everyone is talking about Gingerbread and Honeycomb, I'm still wondering what Froyo is doing on this chart. Heck, even Honeycomb is gone and it came after it!

NexusLogic - Working on his HTC One Max in the Nexus Lab

I have an old HTC Aria that gets reborn when someone in the house breaks their phone.
It just means some people hold onto their phones for a long time. It's no big deal.

Aren't we approaching a time for a new statue on the Mountain View lawns?
A Lollypop or Licorice or a Lime Spider?

I just downloaded 4.4.3 on my n4 and flashed hells doctor and also tried matr1x. Both causing major issues. WiFi wouldnt work apps would crash, either im an idiot or.....

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I'm glad HC is gone, first 10" tablet I had, the original Galaxy Tab, had 3.0 and I immediately rooted it and put ICS on it. Ahh the good old days!

Do custom ROM versions count on this too? I mean if someone was running a KitKat ROM, would it add to the % of KitKat?

Posted from my de-TouchWized Samsung Galaxy S3 running SlimKat 4.4.2

Still rocking Honeycomb on my Sony Internet TV. At least I have KitKat on my Moto G and my wife's Galaxy Note 3.

Google is a multi billion dollar company - can't they get someone to take care of the grass? My lawn looks better than that. Seriously . .

You probably don't have nearly as many geeky tourists taking pictures next to giant statues in your yard as Google does lol. But yeah, they could probably do something there to fix those bare spots. :D

The reason we can't get rid of GB is because of all the low-end devices that were sold with it. Those phones will never be updated, and, given that many were likely sold on prepaid, their owners would have to shell out a good bit of cash to get a new one, and, since prepaid customers are often trying to save money, many won't do that until their phones die.

And then there are things like this:
https://onlinestore.southernlinc.com/prod_details.aspx?pid=1574&pktype=new

Yep, that's Southern LINC's only smartphone, and it's rocking GB. Now, granted, SoLINC primarily serves people who want tough PTT devices (they're an iDEN carrier), so people wanting a smartphone aren't going to look to them first, but it's ridiculous that they're still selling this thing.

But wait! Even VZW prepaid is still selling GB phones.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/prepaid/smartphone-plans/lg-optimus-zone+prepaid/

Now that is a crime.

OK, you guys probably already know this, but after reading an article (sorry I tried to find it again) about how Android and Apple see updates differently, it gave me another perspective.
Point 1) Android tends to update the individual app as well as the OS where Apple updates in bulk a couple times a year.
Point 2) Android OS versions code name Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat all fall under version 4 leaving less than 17% for every other Android version.
Point 3) Tim Crook's numbers are completely inaccurate.

Yay, for the demise of Honeycomb! At least from Google Play numbers at least though I'm sure there's still thousands of ppl still using it.

Very happy that I'm now contributing to that Kitkat number owing to my new S5 that I got last week! Would've been quicker that Sammy sorted out an update for my S3 grrrr