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KitKat rides to huge Android market share

News by Luke Jones on Thursday September 11, 2014.

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KitKat on the rise
KitKat on the rise

KitKat's hold on the Android market is starting to tighten, and it is even starting to impress me, someone who has long criticized how fragmented the Android world is. Google has released the latest batch of Android distribution numbers and Android 4.4 and its variations have grown by a whopping 20% from last month and is now comfortably the second most used Android version.

Yes, Jelly Bean is still well out in front, but I think people forget what a monstrous success that version was. With Android 4.1-4.3 the platform grew up, so Jelly Bean reaped the rewards of the platform taking over the mobile world, growing huge market space each month. While Android certainly hasn't reached a plateau, in some sense Jelly Bean can be viewed as the halcyon days of the platform, when it was emerging from being an upstart to become the king of the mobile space.

KitKat was the natural successor, a version that was made to unify Android. It is a task 4.4 has warmed to as it now occupies just under 25% of the market. The full figures are as follows:

Android 4.4 KitKat: 24.5 percent, up from 20.9 percent last month

Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean: 53.9 percent, down from 54.2 percent

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: 9.6 percent, down from 10.6 percent

Android 2.3 Gingerbread: 11.4 percent, down from 13.6 percent

Android 2.2 Froyo: 0.7 percent, held steady from last month

KitKat's success means that Android looks less fragmented, although Gingerbread is still lingering with high numbers. The only fear is that just as KitKat is finding its platform unifying feet that Android L will come along and fragment the ecosystem again. Android One is aiming to address that balance, but I think KitKat has been a huge step in the right direction, even if we will probably never see unification on an Apple iOS scale with Android.

source: Android Developer

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