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Android 4.4 KitKat rapidly grows to 13.6 percent of active devices

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday June 05, 2014.

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Though Google and have never been able to ensure that the bulk of Android devices run the latest software, it's always encouraging to see when a new platform version is adopted with comparable speed. The latest report from Google's internal stats about devices accessing Google Play shows that the company is moving forward somewhat. Sure, the vast majority of Android devices are still running outdated software and have zero hope of ever being update to Android 4.4 KitKat, but the share of devices is growing. KitKat phones and tablets now account for 13.6 percent of Google Play visits, a leap from the 8.5 percent reported last month. The sudden growth is likely attributed to the increase of 2013 flagships like the Galaxy Note II and HTC One M7 that were updated in late April and May.

Android still has some shortcomings, namely the age-old Android 2.3 Gingerbread still having a large share years later. Thanks to millions of low-end Android devices continuing to be released with Gingerbread, it has 14.9 percent. Android 2.2 percent has 0.8 percent, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has 12.3 percent, and Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean collectively have 58.4 percent.

source: Google

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