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Monday Poll: Which version of Android is your phone running?

Posted by Kellex December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”

As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!

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Android distrubtion shows KitKat leading as all other versions decline

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The latest round of Android distribution numbers is no different than last month’s changes. While continuing to dominate as a whole, Jelly Bean is declining in favor of KitKat. Jelly Bean has finally fell below 50% and KitKat is now approaching 34%. With the release of Lollipop, it is highly unlikely that KitKat will ever surpass Jelly Bean; however, Jelly Bean should continue to see declines and eventually lose its lead.

Actually, all versions of Android are on seeing percentages slide down except for KitKat. Somehow, Froyo is still clinging on with 0.5% but that should be ushered out within the next three months or so because newer versions of Android are much better suited for low-cost devices. Gingerbread is looming around 9% and Ice Cream Sandwich fell below 7.8%.

Expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive on the chart next month when it has had time to be pushed to additional devices.

Source: Android Developers

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Android Distribution Updated for December 2014, Kit Kat Up to 34%

Posted by Kellex December - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The Android distribution numbers were updated today to show the continue rise in share of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” While no longer the newest version of Android, Android 4.4 does not account for over a third of Android devices, weighing in at 33.9% (up from 30.2% in November). The rest of the versions have fallen, with Jelly Bean (Android 4.3) dropped to 48.7%, which is down from the 50.9% it sat at last month. 

Ice Cream Sandwich (7.8%), Gingerbread (9.1%), and Froyo (0.5%) round out the rest.

Android 5.0 “Lollipop” did not make its first appearance on the chart this month. It either sits at less than 0.1% of the pie or Google decided to leave it off for now. Maybe next month?

You can see last month’s numbers here.

Via:  Android

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Trends: Almost a quarter of Android devices now on KitKat

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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KitKat, the latest version of Android, is gaining ground, now running on almost a quarter of all Android devices, while older versions such as FroYo and Gingerbread are on the decline.

Fragmentation has become a dreaded word amongst Android app developers, because of the sheer number of devices on the platform, as well as the different versions these run on. As a result, developers would often have to consider their audience and reach when building applications, especially given the different feature sets of the various API levels. More modern versions of Android have started to rise in numbers of late, however, leaving behind years-old variants like FroYo and Gingerbread. The trends seem to point toward steady growth for the latest 4.4.x KitKat.

The Android Developers Dashboards page shows a positive trend in the uptake for KitKat. In the seven-day period ending September 9th, KitKat already has 24.5 percent market share. This has been growing at a rate of 3.6 percent month-on-month. KitKat’s growth has actually been at a steady 3 to 4 percent monthly since May this year, which should be a healthy indicator for the platform and for developers.

By contrast, FroYo and Gingerbread are on the decline after having leveled off. Android 2.2 FroYo remains at a steady 0.7 percent market share. However, Gingerbread saw a 2.2 percent decline month-on-month, while Ice Cream Sandwich dropped 1.4 percent.

Jelly Bean, which was superseded by KitKat in September 2013 has seen some incremental drop in its earliest 4.1 variant, declining 1.4 percent. Meanwhile, Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2 rose 0.9 and 0.1 percent, respectively. Overall, Jelly Bean has a share of 53.8 percent, making it the most popular release to date.

With the holiday season just around the corner, however, we can expect growth trends for KitKat to accelerate, especially with more and more handset makers releasing their devices with KitKat out of the box. The upcoming Android “L” is likely to see a release by the latter part of 2014, although it is expected to make significant impact after a few months time, as is usual amongst new releases.


Source: Android Developers Dashboard;

Android Distribution Updated for September 2014 – Kit Kat Closes in on 25%

Posted by Kellex September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Android team updated the platform’s distribution numbers today for the month of September, showing continued growth in Kit Kat (Android 4.4+). The newest version of Android now sits at 24.5%, up from 20.9% in August. The rest of the versions of Android have all declined – Jelly Bean (53.8% from 54.2%), Ice Cream Sandwich (9.6% from 10.6%), Gingerbread (11.4% from 13.6%), and Froyo (0.7%).

Last month’s numbers can be found here

Via:  Android Developers

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Android Distribution Updated for August 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to 20%

Posted by Kellex August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google updated its Android distribution numbers this afternoon, showing a jump for Kit Kat from 17.9% in July to over 20% (20.9%) in August. While Kit Kat has climbed, the numbers show devices running Jelly Bean (54.2%) and Ice Cream Sandwich (10.6%) on the decline. Those running Gingerbread and Froyo haven’t moved much. Actually Android 2.3 saw a slight jump to 13.6% from 13.5%, which is odd.

You can see last month’s numbers here

Via:  Android Developers

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Android distribution for July shows KitKat coming up on 20%

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When the Android distribution numbers are published each month, a great debate begins. Many point out the fragmentation (that does still exist) while others defend what Android is all about and how Google is fixing its problem. But as of late, the numbers keep getting better and better for Android. In fact, KitKat is approaching 20% after sitting below 15% last month. And everything behind KitKat has actually seen a decline. This includes Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo.

So let the hate roll in, even if Android is improving more and more each month. Let us know in the comments what you think about Android’s distribution for July.

Source: Android Developers

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Android Distribution Updated for June 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to Almost 14%

Posted by Kellex June - 4 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google updated their Android distribution numbers today, showing a big jump for Kit Kat (Android 4.4+) to 13.6%, up from the 8.5% we saw in May. Jelly Bean, on the other hand, saw a drop to 58.4% from 60.8%. The rest of the older Android builds fell as well, like Ice Cream Sandwich which now sits at 12.3%, Gingerbread at 14.9%, and Froyo at 0.8%.

Honeycomb is now no longer listed. Throw your bad self a party, 3.0.

And that’s that. 

Via:  Android Developers

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Android distribution May 2014

The latest Android distribution numbers for May show that KitKat keeps climbing at the expense of older Android software. The numbers for 4.4 put it on 8.5% of all Android devices, showing over a 50% improvement from last month. Jelly Bean is still holding strong, but 4.1 took a dip to make room for newer versions of Jelly Bean, which all saw some slight improvements. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread both fell about 1%, but Honeycomb didn’t change at all, and Froyo still accounts for 1% of devices. It’ll disappear completely one day, right?

KitKat really looks like it’s picking up steam, with newer devices (like the popular Galaxy S 5 and HTC One launching with KitKat on board) coming out and older devices finally getting their promised 4.4 updates, things aren’t looking too bad for the most recent version of Google’s software.

source: Android Developers

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Android distribution numbers for April proudly display KitKat breaking 5%

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The latest version of Android is on the rise. Last month, Android 4.4 KitKat sat around 2.5% and that number has doubled since to 5.3%! As more flagship devices running KitKat have yet to be released, May and June will likely see rather large increases. Also, some older devices are going to be getting KitKat as well. Its predecessor, Jelly Bean, saw just a minor drop in percentage points.

Thankfully, older versions of Android are seeing declines. Gingerbread dropped 1.2% and somehow Honeycomb is clinging on for dear life. At some point this year, I do expect Honeycomb to let go. A version like Ice Cream Sandwich can stick around a little bit longer since its core does resemble more recent versions; however, updates to Jelly Bean are still expected.

Source: Android Developers

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