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Trends: Almost a quarter of Android devices now on KitKat

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

Android developer trends

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Jelly Bean, which was superseded by KitKat in September 2013 has seen some incremental drop in its earliest 4.1 variant, declining 1.4 percent.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

Android Distribution Updated for September 2014 – Kit Kat Closes in on 25% is a post from: Droid Life

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

Android Distribution Updated for August 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to 20% is a post from: Droid Life

Android distribution for July shows KitKat coming up on 20%

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


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

Android Distribution Updated for June 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to Almost 14% is a post from: Droid Life

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

Come comment on this article: Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat slowly climbing towards 10% of all devices

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