Sweet sweet Android

It's that time again. Right around the beginning of this year I decided we were going to start a little bit of quarterly fun and poll you, the readers of Android Central, about what version of Android you were using. It's by no means scientific, and there's not much we can't find out other ways — like checking the website stats — but it is a great way to get a discussion going. And that's what we do, or try to, is start discussion.

I'm a huge data nerd, even when the data is gathered in less-than-optimal ways. I got a lot out of our last look at who is using what version, and I like to think plenty of you all did as well. It's fun to compare a cross section of the tech-savvy against general numbers gathered from the big G each month. I'll stop yapping, see the poll below.


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


Its supposed to fix the camera bug which DESTROYS your battery. I had it for a day or 2. My battery went from 90% to the under 20% warning in about 2 hrs. After a reboot though have not seen it since.

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Why doesn't Google just put the camera app in the play store and update it that way then? If that is all 4.4.3 does it seems kind of pointless to have an OS update

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I may be wrong but I think I read that was the ultimate plan but 4.4.3 was the right now

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Some previous article suggest Google will be doing that in the near future but not sure when

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Actually, Google already does it that way, and for quite a while now... That's what Google Play services is all about. Google Play Services keeps every device (no matter which Android version) up to date with the latest updates and bug fixes. A lot of the time, Google sends patches and other updates without anyone even knowing. So what I'm getting at is... Kit Kat 4.4.3 is definitely not just a camera bug fix, and that bug has either already been patched or will be via Google Play Services. One feature being fixed and an Android update are two separate entities as well... If we are going to 4.4.3 then I assure you we will be seeing numerous improvements, number up means an overall update of the Android version, not a single bug fix. Hopefully I helped some to better understand the process of how things work.

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That just shows how readership of this site is not on equal with average users ;-) Kit Kat dominating is nice to see.
On the side note, Galaxy S2 on Cyanogemmod (11, which is, yeah, you guessed, Kit Kat)

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I think adding a Stock KitKat / Rom KitKat option would be interesting and that's something you wouldn't be able to easily get from website stats.

I have a phone and tablet both running 4.2.2, and I occasionally check into Play with my Moto Droid running 2.2 Froyo.

Just to keep them honest.

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I think you bring up a really good point here. I also have a Moto Droid (X - with 2.3) that I'll occasionally boot up and mess around with. Whenever we see the "OMG LOOK HOW FRAGMENTED ANRDOID STILL IS" articles, I bet those kind of devices are getting picked up.

Makes you wonder how many older versions of Android on those charts are legitimate, every-day-used devices.

I had a Motorola Droid (the original) and it had 2.3. It was to long ago for me to remember if I put a ROM on it or if it was an OTA

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Still happily running Jelly Bean on all three of my devices (Note 2 - 4.1.1, Note 10.1 and a Nexus 7 - both 4.1.2). They "just work" for what I need (rooted and froze the updater to stay on those versions!). :D

I did initially (it's a 2012 version), but got tired of the frequent updates that would tend to break things, so froze it on 4.1.2. Don't use it much anymore anyway as the Note 10.1 took its place. :)

4.4.2 on two devices: Nexus 5 (stock, since I can't root without breaking access to corporate email) and Nexus 10 (CM11).

What? I'm rooted and got my corporate email just fine

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My company uses Good Messaging for corporate email access on personal smartphones. GM checks for root during the setup process and won't complete if it's detected.

I own a few different devices, so its mixed for what version of Android I'm running. But my two primary devices, my Smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S2) is running CM 10.2 Jelly Bean while my Tablet (Nexus 7 - 2012) is running CM 11 KitKit. But personally I actually like CM 10.2 Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean more than KitKat, its better to use, better layed out and runs smoother. That's just my opinion.

The poll should be multiple choice. Some folks have more than 1 gadget.

Xperia S: Jelly bean (no further upgrades)
Nexus 7 2013: Kit kat

I'm sure many people have multiple Android devices, so maybe the question should be focused on a specific device, like the user's primary smartphone?

Anyways, I voted Jelly Bean since that's what I'm using on my Note II. I have KitKat on my Nexus 7, but I didn't vote for that.

Running 4.1.2 on my sprint note 2. 4.3 was so horrifically laggy and bloated I said screw it and tripped the Knox security and went back to my stable custom debloated rom where everything works the way it should.

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I've got 2 phones and 2 tablets. 3 are galaxy note devices but all 4 are sitting on jelly bean. Mix of 4.2 and 4.3

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What? I can only vote once? I have three android phones, two android tablets and a Google TV. With that, I've got everything from gingerbread to kitkat, including honeycomb.

Android 4.4.2 will never be available in lebanon. Luckily, I know how to flash a custom rom.

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I'm glad to see Android users running KitKat with no problems.....The KitKat threads would have you believe that it's a bad update.

There are a lot of whiners on the forums, though not all complaints are unjustified. In my experience the jump from jellybean to KitKat has been a stable improvement.


No problem with Kit Kat here. Looking forward to faster focus on my N5 though.

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Let's see...Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray runs Gingerbread, Panasonic ELUGA runs Ice Cream Sandwich, Sony Xperia Tablet Z runs Jelly Bean, and HTC One M7 runs KitKat. I'm too all over the place for this poll.

My main phone and tablet are a Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2012) both running stock 4.4.2 rooted. My Galaxy Nexus is running AOKP and my Motorola Xoom is running a bootleg version of CM, both also 4.4.2.

That blows my mind because I'm on Verizon too. I have a moto x, and it has KitKat 4.4.2. Not only that, but it got 4.4 just 3 weeks after it was out.

Verizon moto x was the first phone other than nexus 4 and 5 to get KitKat. Now, Samsung says they have submitted the updates for KitKat to Verizon. If that's true then where are they? It just doesn't make any sense.

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I'm also with Verizon. My Note 2 is running 4.3 and my Motorola Xoom is stuck on 4.1.2. CM even stopped supporting the Xoom.

"How'd you get the beans above the frank?"

4.2 jelly bean, Sony xperia z on tmo, unlike every other high end smart phone on tmo except for the gflex... And every other version of the xz

You should also add "Don't know" or "Don't care". Some people just don't know what version they have. They just use it as a smart phone. There are a few people that don't know what OS they have on their device.

I do still have an HTC Hero on éclair. I use it on wifi around the house when I'm feeling nostalgic
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Jelly Bean 4.1.2

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Nexus 7 - 4.4.2
HTC One Max - 4.4.2
Omate TrueSmart - 4.2.2

StealthDroid - Working on his Nexus 7 in the Nexus Lab

Nexus 5 with KitKat and LG G2 (Verizon) as work phone with 4.2.2

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Droid RAZR maxx HD running 4.1.2,, very happy with it

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Nexus 7 (2012) downgraded to 4.3 stock, rooted.
Note 1 4.1.2 stock, rooted.
Lenovo s6000 4.2.2 stock.

I really hate 4.4...

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Rocking Kit Kat on my Nexus 7, however, I'm a frustrated Verizon LG G2 owner. Get off your #@&$% Verizon!

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Uh Jerry, "huge data nerd" or just "huge nerd" (which is why we love ya)

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Jelly Bean on my phone, KitKat on my N7. I chose JB since my phone is my primary device.

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Nexus 4 running 4.4.2 and gave my old LG Optimus One (P500) running 2.3.3 to my mother, mostly for calls and whatsapp.

On my Droid RAZR Maxx (which I have come to loathe) I have 4.1.2. On my Nexus 7, I have 4.4.2, of course, which I greatly prefer.

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I can say (Some People aren't being Truthful at what Version their Running!!) I'm running KitKat 4.4.2 on the Moto G, can't wait for 4.4.3 because I have WiFi and Battery Problems!!!!!!

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I'm not sure if you are joking or not (that's the problem with text), but there is no such version called key lime pie.
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I know apparently it has something to do with the special software that handles the transition between Wi-Fi and cellular during a call. Hang in there!

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Note 3 running Jelly bean won't be running KitKat till the Note 4 comes out. I am on Verizon.

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I've got KitKat 4.4.2 on my G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, Nexus 7 (2012), and my Moto X. Those are all of my Android devices.

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Yea you can call the results here from a mile a way. Most readers of this site would be officially on kit Kat, rooted and running KitKat, or on jelly bean waiting for an official release or a chance to upgrade

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I am running 4.4.2 now and I hate it! I have the HTC One MAX and now that it has kitkat on it is slower and some of my apps won't let me save stuff to my sd card now. Ex. Tubemate & isyncr, they now make me save to my phone memory which sucks.

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Droid Maxx 4.4 (unlocked BL)
OG RAZR Maxx 4.1.2 (JB EU Leak)
T Mobile Note2 4.1.2 (ota blocked)
Droid Mini 4.4
OG Droid RAZR 4.1.2
Samsung Galaxy Core 4.1.2
GNexus 4.2 unnused
Droid RAZR Maxx HD 4.1.2 (unlocked BL)
Pantech Burst 4.0.4
LG Thrill 3D 2.3.6
Ainol Tab 4.0.4
Nexus 7 (2012) 4.4
Epic 4G CM9 4.0.4 unused & my first Android phone
Photon 2.3.5
At&t S2 (CM 10) 4.1.2

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HTC One M7 running Jelly Bean. Waiting to upgrade due to space issues. I've got the 32GB and with all my music/videos/pictures I need to save space. I'm perfectly happy with Jelly Bean anyway. :)

Seriously ac? You put a poll in the sidebar which can't be accessed on Chrome in Android?

P.S. Your poll will be worthless because the sampling of respondents won't represent the user base of Android. People who come to android websites are usually on the leading edge.

Sold 16 GB Nexus 4, kk 4.4.2, updated my sisters 32 GB Nexus 7 original to kk 4.4.2, own 32 GB Nexus 5 and 7 FHD, as well as 16 GB Nexus 10, all on 4.4.2 kk. So that's 5 devices I have worked with, using 4.4.2 Kit Kat.

not getting the 4.4.2 KitKat update till 4/24.. & just when I thought I caught up with everybody 4.4.3 gets released. -_-

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