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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 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

Android usage: more than a third of users are stuck in 2011

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It seems fair to say that many Android users want to be running Kit Kat. But the truth of the matter here, not all that many are actually getting that wish. In fact, according to the latest Android ‘platform versions’ report released by Google — only 2.5 percent of users are on Kit Kat. Furthermore, even though Kit Kat has been available for roughly four months, it remains at such a little percentage that Google has yet to split the percentages between 4.4 and 4.4.2.

While we aren’t trying to be super sarcastic, or cause anyone to get upset — it also seems fair to believe that it could be years before some users see Kit Kat. If at all. This comes due to the bit about the current percentages for the older versions. Gingerbread, which was released in February 2011, still maintains 19 percent of the Android usage.


Along with that already aged version, Ice Cream Sandwich is holding strong with 15.2 percent. And for those looking to make the combination here — that means Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich hold 34.2 percent. More than a third of Android users are using a version released in 2011.

Sure, there have been security updates and such, but it just goes to show that users simply wait, and then wait some more to get the latest and greatest. This just goes to bring one of the key selling points for the Nexus line. Like it or not, that is the best way to stay current with Android. Or in recent times, go with Motorola and either the Moto X or Moto G.

So far we mentioned how Kit Kat is suffering with 2.5 percent, and the older versions command a third overall. The top remains Jelly Bean, which was first released in July 2012 (Android 4.1.x). At present Jelly Bean combined between 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3.x commands a total of 62 percent. Nicely, we can at least say that is (almost) double what Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich account for. Otherwise, Froyo 2.2 and Honeycomb 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 are still holding on with 1.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.

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

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, the Android application emulator for PCs, has finally received a major software update. Before now, it’s been running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, believe it or not. It’s finally seeing the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich today, though.

BlueStacks doesn’t really benefit from many of the advantages of newer operating systems, but it still doesn’t hurt to finally get it off of the incredibly ancient Gingerbread, at least for increased app compatibility. There are many apps that take advantage of APIs that are only available in 4.0 and up, and BlueStacks can finally run them. If you want to download the latest version, hit the link below.

source: BlueStacks

via: Android Police

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A brief history of Android releases

Posted by wicked November - 5 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

android versions

With Android 4.4 KitKat now officially out we are looking ahead to learning about the newest release of the platform. The build is debuted with the Nexus 5 on Halloween, however previous Nexus products should also see the Hershey-inspired version in due time. In fact, we might look for 4.4 KitKat on a variety of devices, perhaps going back a few years. Why? According to Google, the goal with KitKat is to “make an amazing Android experience available for everybody”.

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