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We've seen the Google Play data, let's see how Android Central readers compare

Google does a really nice job reporting what users of Google Play have running on their devices. They even release a general "This is how many devices use each version" post each month for developers to know just what to target with their apps. this is helpful, because as the trend moves to higher versions, they can use newer APIs for application updates. Google understands that without a long list of great apps, a smartphone platform has no chance.

Through the years, the numbers migrate to higher versions but one thing remains the same — the majority of users are one or more full platform versions behind. This matters, though less than most people want to admit, but it's a cross section of devices across the world that includes phones that will never get an update, phones that are discontinued, and people that don't care to ever update as long as things work. That's how the real world operates — some will never be current for one reason or another.

This data is important, but I've a feeling that regular readers of AC won't quite fit into this mold. I'm betting that Jelly Bean will be the most popular version, just like the official numbers, but the percentage of devices running Kit Kat will be much higher than the general population. When I have a question or get an idea that data can prove or disprove, it's poll time.

You'll find a poll in the sidebar to the right, or after the break to make things easy for mobile viewers. Look at the device you use the most. Answer the question and tell us what version it is running. This one should be fun to follow, which you can do by checking the results from time to time. If your Android device is running a version not on the list, give us an "other" and shout out in the comments. 


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This week's sidebar poll: What Android version are you running?



Using kk4.4.2
Rooted. You are going to get a massive amount of kk users as this is a tech literate audience. Running stock rom and bionic +Dalvic patches and matr1x kernel :-P
Oh Nexus 4!

I think the poll should be for Phones and Tablets. Becuase most people I know have either an ipad or Nexus 7, and it has kitkat.

just got my bug fix kitkat the same day it was announced. The first one took 3 weeks for my 2012 N7.

also 4.1.2 on GS3 Asurion replacement for my GNex, I actually went backwards in os updates from 4.2

Yup, 442, although that number will always conjure images of Oldsmobiles, not Androids!

I got tired of waiting on other manufacturers to update their devices and bought a Nexus 4, which I gave to my wife when the 5 came out. It's so nice getting updates and fixes so quickly. I can't imagine any reason to go back to non-Nexus devices.

Whoever's the other, I'd love to know what you're running!

As for me... nexus 5 4.4.1, nexus 7 4.4.2, HTC one 4.4 and note 2 stock 4.1.2 I think...idk. all rooted/unlocked. I gotta stop...

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Idk if it's healthy, but it sure is an addiction! Lol but the addiction doesn't come from just owning the devices. It also comes from being a part of a large community of people who love what I love. Android central being a major one:-)

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Up until last month, when I got my N5,I was using a T-Mobile USA galaxy s vibrant: Froyo. Horrible time from when I sold my GNex in September, to prepare for the N5, until I could be on something smooth again.

Cyanagonmod is just a ROM, it's still built on a certain version of android

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I clicked the kitkat button, but I'm actually on CM11 (4.4.2) on a Sprint GNex.

Oh yeah, got it on my 1st gen Kindle Fire too!

iPhone users dreaming for the day their contract comes up so they can get a taste of some Jelly Beans or Kit Kats!

Same here, S4 running 4.4.2 via OmniROM
Nexus 7 stock 4.4.2

Give OmniROM a try, works better on my S4 than CM

I'm surprised, but not totally, as well. I think this site attracts more of the "hacker" types who install roms and/or have the latest hardware.

When Google reaches the letter "S," they should name it Scooby Snacks, lol.

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Agreed!! Let's hope it sticks and you're right.

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Me too! I think everyone in southern California is on the back end of staged roll outs! It took forever!

Nexus 5...enough said

Don't sweat it. You got two great devices, there. And, you're not missing much, trust me.

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On that TF101 I would check out KatKiss ROM 4.3 I put it on my wife's transformer and it is amazing. Night and day faster, smoother, and has multi-window.

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I miss the rezound...

There should be a jb ROM out there

My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

I miss the rezound...

There should be a jb ROM out there

My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

silvra7 I'm in the EXACT same boat. looking to upgrade to a moto x. itching for a new tab too, but i don't know what to get....,suggestions AC???????????????? i really like the transformer b/c of the keyboard attachment with added battery power

Where is it listed as 2.2? I'm using the app, and looking through both the article and the poll, I still fail to see what you're referring to.

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I only use my N7 at home, so I went with the 4.0.3 on my phone (HTC Vivid). New phone in July :-)

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I'm running 4.4.2 on my T-Mobile Galaxy S3! Who else is talking to their home screen all the time? It's making me too lazy to tap on the app!

Kit Kat 4.4.2 but I would say this information on here will be quite off. The people who read these forums are people who sometimes obsessively update their devices. Not all but a lot.

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The information won't be "off," at all. Jerry notes in his article the kinds of people that we are. This poll is simply a curiosity, nothing more.

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What ROM did you install on your GNex? Do you get LTE?

This would be a better poll if it was by version number.

Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on my GS2. But of course 4.4.2 on my 2013 Nexus 7. I voted with my GS2 in mind because obviously I use my phone more .

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53% Kitkat? Really people? That many here have either a Nexus or a Moto X?

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Nexus 4 FTW! I've only had it a month, but I'll never be going back to a non-Nexus. The developer support is simply astounding compared to my old HTC Incredible S.

4.3 on rooted S-off (Look Ma I did the wire trick!) Rezound. Much thanks to the army of devs and smart peeps in general who made that possible!

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Over 50% on KitKat, that's impressive. I have an AT&T Galaxy S4 with TouchWiz 4.3 Jelly Bean

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4.1.2 I'm with Verizon so the rest of my hair will be silver (not gray) when the update finally arrives. Just saying

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UnSenseRom for Thunderbolt by Santod
(As close as possible to aosp with some jelly bean touches)

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Just got 4.3 jelly bean update last night with no air command feature! Ugh I am done with sprint.

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4.4.2 stock on my nexus 7 and 4.3 rommed on my droid 4 which will soon be replaced by my new moto x on kitkat.

HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and HP Slatebook x2 all on 4.2.2. There's also a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 in the house still on 3.2

4.3 on the GNex so i voted jellybean. But I'm also enjoying 4.4 on my Nexus 7 (2013). And i just got the notification for the 4.4.2 update :-)

My hero.

I am gonna get around to picking that up on eBay someday...

The little phone that could...

My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

4.2.2 on my G2 and G Pad 8.3, but will receive my G Pad GPE tomorrow and run Kit Kat!

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Does 4.4 fix the battery drain issues on the HTC One? I'm on 4.3 and Battery life is terrible to be frank.

4.4.2 on my Nexus 5,
4.4.2 on my Nexus 7,
4.2.2 on my HTC One X,
4.2.2 on my HTC Desire HD

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Nexus 7 2013 - Kit Kat 4.4.2
VZW Moto X Developer Edition - Kit Kat 4.4
HP TouchPad - Kit Kat 4.4 (It's the tablet that just won't quit!)
VZWGalaxy Note 2 - JellyBean 4.1.2

Sweet! I remember trying to get one of those touchpads but I kept striking out:/ that would be awesome to own right now!

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Wow! I got a 32 GB TouchPad for a great deal a few years ago. I never got around to play with it much so I sold it. Would be cool to have to run KitKat on.

Nexus 5 - Cataclysm 4.4.1, waiting to install the latest 4.4.2 Dec 12th build tomorrow
Nexus 7 - Stock 4.4.2

Man. Why is everyone posting their versions? The poll just asks what MAIN version of the OS are you running? NOT 4.2.3 or some other crap.

These comments make me want to not read the comments. Its like its contagious.

I'm not sure, why you're complaining. Why does it matter to you, if people post their version numbers or not?

What gives you the right to contest the content of someone's (respectful and appropriate) comment?

The poll addresses the version name; the comments are addressing the version number. There's nothing "illegal" about that.

If you're offended by numbers, then I don't know what else to tell you, lol.

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Ok, don't.

Our lives, and apparently yours, will be better for it

My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

4.1.2 on my Droid RAZR M with a KitKat at the end of the tunnel lol but I really wanted to add that the other category is most likely referring to honeycomb but up until this year my mom was using the HTC Droid Eris which I believe was HTC's answer to the original Motorola Droid but anyway it was up to date on Android 2.1

Also want to add I rooted the Droid Eris with Cyanogenmod 7 because that's what the Cyanogenmod website recommended for that device which brought it up to Android 2.3 but it's still horribly slow but I'm still proud of that just because it was my 1st rooted & rommed device LoL

Jellybean 4.1.2 on my Motorola RAZR i but the are two Cupcake 1.5 devices in my household (I am working on getting rid of them don't worry).

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Stock unrooted Android 4.4.2 on my Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Technically I have a Note 2 with 4.3, but that's about to disappear to eBay, so...

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I know 55 people that need a new phone for Christmas

My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

AC readers and members are almost all on KitKat and Jelly Bean, eh? Who'd have thunk it?!

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Interesting the results. We can picture a lot of Nexus and Motorola users, but I suppose that the alternative and open source firmwares are quite representative in these statistics. That's a thing of beauty!

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Android 4.3, unfortunately. I'm hoping my carrier gets KitKat to my device soon.

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I'm running KitKat on my nexus 7, 4.3 on my GS4, and 2.3.5 on my Galaxy Player.

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Still have my Galaxy Nexus running 4.3 lol. I was going to get the Nexus 5 but decided not to. I'll wait to leave Sprint and see what awesomeness comes in 2014. Going to give moto some love.

Jelly Bean 4.1.2 (unfortunately). My LG Optimus L9 probably won't see another update and the bootloader can't be unlocked for a custom ROM. Waiting to pick up a new phone in Summer 2014. =(

Somebody's a baller/shot caller!! You must have ordered it, the second it became available.

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Maybe, but I think that's unlikely with the high volume of comments in the daily Christmas Giveaway post.

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And that's why I went with a Moto X when work wanted to upgrade my 2+ year old iPhone 4. Half an hour out of the box and it offered up the Kit Kat update, which I immediately approved and installed. Let's hope Motorola's close ties to Google keep the updates coming.

this pool will not show the correct answers since I have 3 android devices running different versions, but AC only allows 1 option !

G2 here as well (VZW). Tried Gummy ROM's KitKat & CM10.2. Probs with Gummy, & no 1080p @ 60fps with CM10.2 got me to switch to Digital Dream 1.2 as it's stock stripped & stable. I have transparent panels like KitKat (Xposed framework installer built in) so I'm liking that. Otherwise, enjoy the G2 for what it is. Great hardware & much dev. A solid 4.4 custom or OTA can't be that far off...

I moved from a two-and-a-half-year-old iPhone 4 to a Moto X three weeks ago, and I must confess I'm lovin' it. Came with 4.2.x out of the box but within a half hour of getting it set up the Kit Kat update came up and I went for it.

Nexus 10, 4.4.2 stock not rooted

Droid4,, 4.1.2 stock not rooted

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Thanks to at&t I am still on 4.1.2 on my Note 2. I hate that I am stuck with this company and this phone for another year.

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Maybe Google should change their system and use this poll result as the distribution numbers

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Maybe Google should change their system and use this poll result as the distribution numbers

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4.2.2 on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. I tried an earlier 4.4 rom, but went back for the stability. I'm considering giving 4.4.2 a shot.

KitKat 4.4.2 on my stock rooted Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013.

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I'm one of the few people who voted other I guess. I like to read AC news and fantasize I own a nice new phone. My hand me down phone is a HTC my touch, still works and can't afford to upgrade. Overall good phone.

N7 (2012) 4.4.2, GPE S4 4.4, Moto Xoom LTE 4.1.2, my son's Galaxy Tab 8.9 still on Honeycomb I think - I guess I need to hook it up to Kies and download the ICS update.

FINALLY got my 4.4.2 update on my Nexus 5 last night around 5-6pm.. Took long enough but it did brighten up my day some..

4.2.2 (Paranoid Android 3.6) on my Samsung Galaxy S2 (i9100).

I'm hoping for KitKat.

Has anyone else tried different ROMs on this device?

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Running 4.1.1 on my Motorola Atrix HD. Probably won't ever see another update there.

My 2012 Nexus 7 just got the Latest version of KitKat.

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I voted JellyBean because it's on my GS4, bit I'm also running KK 4.4.2 on my OG Nexus 7.

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Galaxy tab 2 7.0 on 4.1.1 rooted, Galaxy tab 2 10.1 on 4.1.1 rooted, Galaxy S3 on CM 10.2 4.3.1 at least for now!

Sent via the DeathStar with my CM 10.2 S3

4.3 on Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note3, Voted JellyBean since they are my main phones

on the others devices i own :

OmniRom 4.4.2 on Galaxy S3
OmniRom 4.4.1 on Galaxy Note2 and Nexus7 2012 GSM
4.4.1 on Nexus 5
4.4 on Nexus7 2013 and Nexus7 2012 Wifi
4.2 on HP SlateBook 10x2
4.1.2 on Galaxy Note 10.1
2.3.3 on Galaxy P1000

I answered 4.3 in the pole, but I'm running 3 phones with 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4 and a tablet with 4.4.3. My DD is 4.3 though (Note 3).

My Verizon Galaxy S III is still on Android 4.1.2 while my Nexus 7 (2012 edition) is on 4.4.2.

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4.2 on my Verizon GNex and Sero 7 Pro...but I still log into Play with my OG Droid on Froyo every now and then.

Posted from the (4.2 updated) redheaded stepchild of the Nexii

ROM all the things.

SGS4 with CM11
N7 FHD with CM11
GNex with CM11
Droid DNA with CM11

ok, ROM most of the things...

N7 G1 with stock 4.4.2 (kid use mostly)

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4.3. I refuse to install 4.4, even though it's apparently been downloaded and is awaiting installation, because I've heard a few things about it I don't like.
I just wish I could remove the icon notifying me that 4.4 is ready to go.

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Do you count my Nexus One running 2.3 and my G1 on 2.2? I do use them now and then. Other than that, my Nexus 4, 5 and 7 are all on 4.4.2. I'm not at all surprised that's true of the majority of people here.

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4.4 on my Nexus 5. I have a system update available, which is probably 4.4.2, but I am cautious about updating since I like having App Ops.

Kitkat 4.4.2
Surprised to see Kitkat leading the poll

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Happily I received 4.4.2 on the Nexus4 and Nexus7 (2012) this week.

There are so many tiny, useful things in Kitkat... it's amazing. I'm getting fantastic battery life now with the new location options/warnings.

Also, I'm starting to love the Photos app. It's a painless way to edit lots of video files.

VZW Samsung GS3 sadly on 4.1.2
Nexu 7 (2012) 32GB Wifi+3G 4.4.2 (Go Nexus 2012 version still chugging great)

Galaxy s3 4.3 with 4.4 launcher...ok google..... on my toshiba 10" excite pure tablet 4.2 with 4.4 launcher as well

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So I just ordered a Nexus 7 and I had a question for those of you that already have a Nexus 7 first generation . Will that device get the updates faster than say Metro PCS? I'M still waiting for the kitkat update on my Galaxy S3.

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Galaxy s4 with 4.3 jelly bean.

Bad side of android is that if you are not buying about once a year new flagship phone then you are risk of viruses becouse most non nexus devices sucks on updates, my dad has galaxy s plus with 2.3 and there is no good custom rom, though custom roms are risk as well becouse you do not know what developers are skriptet, unless you are going to read all code before updating lol.

I hope motorola moto g comes to finland becouse that phone will get much better support than most under 200 euros android phones.

And for NOW there is not many viruses which come without installing it in future the viruses will infect from like browser or email without installing anything. Android is like windows: xp with sp1,sp2,sp3 and windows 7 and if you have windows xp sp2 then you will get infections, same will be for android in future for people with 2.3 and 4.0. And i have avg antivirus but androids anti virus software is far away from pc anti viruses.

Thought i use android becouse it is for my use the best operating system with best specs with phones at the moment.

Most people that care about tech to read android central on a regular basis are probably not those with old phones. Surprised kit kat has almost half though

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