News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 05, 2014.
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To no one's surprise, Android 4.4 KitKat has found its way to a very small portion of the Android user base. The latest statistics released by Google show that three months after the software debuted on the Nexus 5, only 1.8 percent of all devices have been updated to the latest version of Android. The only devices other than the Google Nexus 5 to be officially updated to Android 4.4 are the Moto X, Moto G, 2013 Motorola DROID models, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One. However, the Note 3 and One were updated days ago and are still in the process of rolling out to devices. Flagship phones from LG and Sony are still weeks away from updating, and all of the major phone makers will take longer to reach users in some regions.
This scenario repeats itself with each Android release. Companies promise to explore updating their devices, some devices inevitably get left behind, and then it takes 6 to 18 months before that version of Android starts to appear on more devices, usually by the time another version of Android has already appeared and started the cycle all over again. For evidence of that, Android 2.3 Gingerbread runs 20 percent of active Android devices.
The full chart includes:
- Android 2.2 Froyo - 1.3 percent
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread - 20 percent
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb - 0.1 percent
- Android 4.0 ICS - 16.1 percent
- Android 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean - 60.7 percent
- Android 4.4 KitKat - 1.8 percent
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.