News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 02, 2014.
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The wave of recent firmware updates to Android 4.4 KitKat has helped the latest version of Android reach 5 percent of the total visits to the Google Play Store. Each month, Google releases the Android Platform Version chart that depicts which version of the OS active users have installed. The latest version cuts the duration of the measurement period from 14 days down to 7 and reveals the following stats:
- Android 2.2 Froyo - 1 percent
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread - 17.8 percent
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb - 0.1 percent
- Android 4.0 ICS - 14.3 percent
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - 34.4 percent
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean - 18.1 percent
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean - 8.9 percent
- Android 4.4 KitKat - 5.3 percent
The numbers show that the tens of millions of entry-level and midrange smartphones running outdated software keeps older versions of Android like Gingerbread afloat. A decline in the number of Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets also reveals that the only remaining tablet-specific version of Android is dangerously close to falling off the list because Google does not show versions with less than 0.1 percent distribution.source: Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.