KitKat adoption jumps in latest Android distribution numbers, will soon eclipse Gingerbread


As its does every month, Google has updated the Android distribution numbers, showing the percentage of smartphones and tablets that have accessed the Play Store in the past month and their respective Android versions. The latest update to the numbers show KitKat jumping more that 5% in one month, and Honeycomb officially gone from the chart. 

Android 4.4 KitKat jumped 5.1% to 13.6% in the latest numbers, nipping at the heels of Gingerbread's languishing 14.9%. If KitKat continues to see this growth next month, it will beat out Gingerbread to become the second most-used version of the operating system.This shouldn't prove to be too hard, with soon-to-launch smartphones and tablets like the LG G3 and Galaxy Tab S line shipping with Android 4.4 out of the box.

Jelly Bean is unsurprisingly still the top dog in the chart, holding onto 58.4%. In stark contrast, Android 2.2 Froyo is still hanging on to the chart with 0.8% of the pie, though it's pretty easy to see that it's on its way out. Speaking of things that are on the way out, the forgettable Android 3.0 Honeycomb is officially gone from the chart, meaning that it consisted of less than 0.1% of tablets accessing the Google Play Store last month. 

Google continues to place more functionality in it's easily-updated apps rather than the core operating system, making it less important to be on the bleeding edge Android release. Still, to provide consistency for developers, it's important that the installed base catch up. The good news there is that about 72% of the Android installed base (of devices that can access the Play Store) are running Jelly Bean (4.1) or better.

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