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Android distribution numbers for April proudly display KitKat breaking 5%

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


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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Android Distribution Updated for April 2014 – Kit Kat Cracks 5%!

Posted by Kellex April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Android distribution numbers of been updated for the beginning of April, with Kit Kat (Android 4.4+) showing signs of growth. The newest version of Android now commands 5.3% of the pie, up from 2.5% last month. With that growth we are seeing a slight decline in Jelly Bean numbers to 61.4% from a flat 62.0%. In other words, the newest devices running the newest version of Android continue to run the newest version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich saw a decline to 14.3% (from 15.2%), as did Gingerbread (17.8% from 19.0%).

And that’s that. 

Via:  Android Developers

Android 4.4 KitKat found to be the most stable mobile operating system

Posted by wicked March - 29 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


A recent study done by Crittercism surveyed 106 mobile operating systems on over 2500 different devices to try to figure out which OS was the most stable. It was a pretty massive experiment that found some very interesting details.

Out of all of the different things they measured, Crittercism found that Android 4.4 KitKat was the most stable mobile operating system available with a crash rate of just 0.7%. That’s significantly better than the crash rate of Android 2.3, which found that Gingerbread crashed roughly 1.7% of the time. For comparison, Apple’s own iOS 7.1 had a crash rate of 1.6%, just slightly better than Gingerbread. Older versions of iOS saw even higher crash rates, peaking at 2.5% for iOS 5. Good news for Android and Android developers, right?

As far as devices go, it turns out Samsung makes the most stable Android devices with the lowest crash rates. Samsung obviously has the most practice with devices, between enormous market share and their tendency to flood the market with an uncountable number of devices. Interestingly, smartphones were almost always more stable their tablets, regardless of manufacturer or OS.

Next time you’re in a heated argument about which operating system is better, just remember this study. It might help you out.

source: Information Week

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Android crash stats show KitKat most stable

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Having device crash issues? It might just be your operating system. According to Crittercism, which just released a new report named “State of Mobile”, Gingerbread crashes the most among Android builds. The most stable? That honor goes to KitKat, Jelly Bean, and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Gingerbread crashes on users roughly 1.7% of the time. The other three? Only about 0.7% of the time. Crittercosm tapped into their one billion monthly users to spot these statistics, and provide a service that maximizes app performance. In addition to system crashes, the report also found that there were interesting metrics on app crashes.

According to the report, 47% of apps crash at least 1% of the time. Roughly 32% of apps shut down over 2% of the time, with games being the largest culprit. Games crash 4.4% of the time, or about twice as much as apps proper. Photo and video apps crash 1.8% of the time, which also contributes to these numbers.

We know what you’re wondering: what about iOS? Those incidents of the phone randomly rebooting aren’t fables. Apple’s iOS 7.1 crashes 1.6% of the time, while iOS 7 crashes at a 2.1% clip. Those iOS 6 holdouts are crashing at about 2.5%. That’s an interesting metric for those who tout iOS as more stable than Android.

What the study didn’t tell us what which runtime those on KitKat were running. While we assume most are using Dalvik, we’d love to see a breakout of those on ART as well. We’ve been runnign both internally, and have seen no crashing instances with ART, much less 0.7% of the time.

Via: The Next Web

The Android team updated their platform distribution numbers for the month of March this morning, showing slight growth for both Jelly Bean (Android 4.1-4.3) and Kit Kat (Android 4.4+). Jelly Bean has now reached a flat 62.0% (from 60.7%), while Kit Kat is up to 2.5% (from 1.8%). 

Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to 15.2% (from 16.1%), Honeycomb remains on the list with 0.1%, Gingerbread still commands a fifth of Android at 19.0% (from 20.0%), and Froyo still actually exists at 1.2% (from 1.3%).

February’s distribution numbers can be found here.

Not a lot of changes, but that’s the news.

Via:  Android Developers

Jelly Bean breaks 60% in latest distribution numbers, KitKat still sitting under 2%

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Android version numbers Feb 2014

The latest Android version numbers are in for February, and everything’s right on course for what we expected. Jelly Bean is continuing its climb and still holds a majority of the market of all Android devices. Between Android 4.1 and 4.3, Jelly Bean accounts for  60.7% of devices, and if you include Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat in those numbers, 78.6% of devices are running some version of Android over 4.0. Unfortunately, KitKat only accounts for 1.8% of devices, but considering how few devices are seeing official updates, that’s not too surprising.

On the outdated side of things, Gingerbread still unfortunately makes up about 20% of Android devices. Froyo has almost completely dropped off of the charts, but it’s still a little discouraging to see that 1 in 5 Android devices are not running a modern version of Google’s OS. Hopefully we’ll see Gingerbread exit this chart completely by the end of the year.

source: Android Developer Dashboard

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The favorite time of the month for industry pundits who write stories with the word “fragmentation” in the title has arrived! That’s right, it’s Android distribution number update day!

According to the latest numbers pulled from the Android developer site for February, we’re looking at Jelly Bean jumping to 60.7% (from 59.1%) and Kit Kat to 1.8% (from 1.4%), while the rest of the versions all fell slightly. Ice Cream Sandwich is now at 16.1% (from 16.9%), Gingerbread dropped to 20.0% (from 21.2%), and Froyo finishes the chart off at 1.3%.

To see January’s numbers, check out this post

Via:  Android Developers

BBM for Android will soon be available on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

While Android Gingerbread may slowly be slipping down the Android distribution charts, there are still a large number of devices, both old and new, that run this almost ancient version. For those users, BlackBerry has announced that they will soon get the new BlackBerry Messaging app to keep up with their BBM friends all over the world.

Android 2.3 might have once been the darling of device manufacturers, but it is giving way to Android Jelly Bean, albeit rather slowly. The last pie chart still shows this Android version as taking up 21.2 percent of all Android devices in the world, almost a quarter of the total. We’re not even just talking about old devices here but even some new ones released mid-2013.

BlackBerry says that it has received quite a clamor for making its BBM app for Android backwards compatible with the older Android generation. BlackBerry has heard their pleas and has been developing a special version just for Gingerbread users, particularly those running Android 2.3.3 and above. They are following some other app developers that have been keeping the previous generation in mind, including Vine who made the service similarly available last month, though only for viewing short videos and not for uploading them.

BlackBerry has not yet given an exact date when this version of its instant messaging app will be rolling out. For now, the company is still keeping BBM for Android Gingerbread under wraps but is already moving towards an external beta testing phase.

SOURCE: BlackBerry

Android Distribution Numbers Update for January 2014 – Jelly Bean Closing in on 60%

Posted by Kellex January - 12 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Google finally updated its Android distribution numbers today, showing that Jelly Bean has jumped up to almost 60% (59.1%) and Kit Kat to 1.4%. We are also seeing decreases in Ice Cream Sandwich (16.9%) and Gingerbread (21.2%) numbers, something the “fragmentation” champions will certainly be fans of. 

And that’s pretty much that. We now sit back and watch as Android 4.4 slowly rises and the older versions decline. For the foreseeable future, expect Jelly Bean to remain king.

Here are last month’s numbers for reference.

Via:  Android Developers

BlueStacks updates from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted by wicked November - 8 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

BlueStacks, the Windows and Mac Android app software, has updated today. Rather than the normal “bug fixes” or various other tweaks, the software now runs on Ice Cream Sandwich. While still way behind the curve, it’s a massive leap forward at the same time.


BlueStacks was, oddly, running on Gingerbread this whole time. While that seems strange, it speaks to the software running slim. It really only needed to be a gateway service, not terribly functional or pretty. Gingerbread is just that, an Android variant: not too bulky, not pretty, but gets the job done.

BlueStacks also has functionality to worry about. Their lingering on Gingerbread was probably so they didn’t leave any app behind, which is fair. Now that Gingerbread’s market share is increasingly dwindling, it’s probably a smart, safe move to update a touch.

This could also be a precursor to their GamePop console, which offers a set-top box with unlimited streaming for $6.99/month. The $129.99 console takes a “gamefly” approach to Android console gaming, and comes out in May. For those not willing to drop $129.99, there is also a GamePop mini, which is free — you just have to pay the monthly subscription fee.

VIA: Android Police

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