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Android 4.4 KitKat now running on a third of all Android devices

Android 4.4 KitKat now running on a third of all Android devices
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Google has posted the latest Android marketshare figures on its developer page, giving us an insight of where specific versions stand as far as usage is concerned. Android 4.4 KitKat is currently shown to be running on 33.9% of all Android devices, which is an upgrade from last month's figures. Android 4.2-4.3 however still remains on top with a surging marketshare of 48.7%. The good news for Google is that Jelly Bean was running on 50.9% of all devices last month, so the numbers have come down by a great margin. KitKat on the other hand rose by 3.7% in one month alone suggesting future growth.

But what about Android 5.0 Lollipop? Well, from what we can gather, Lollipop adoption is still in its infancy with not more than 0.1% of the devices running the new OS. There's no mention of the Android 5.0 stats as Google doesn't display Android versions with less than 0.1% marketshare. However, with Motorola, LG, Samsung and HTC devices slated to get the Android 5.0 update soon, we can see this figure changing drastically by next month.

Part of the reason why Android 4.4 has and will see continued growth is due to the fact that most midrange and low-end handsets today sport this operating system by default. And since frequent updates cannot be expected from most low end manufacturers, it's likely that these devices will probably remain on Android 4.4 for the foreseeable future.

These Android marketshare figures are taken into account by the number of users who frequent the Google Play Store over a seven day period, so they aren't actual usage numbers. Also, it doesn't take the myriad of Amazon Kindle Fire devices into account which are running a forked version of Android sans the Play Store and other Google services. [CNET]

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