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Android KitKat up to 13.6 percent share of fragmented operating system

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Jun 2014 16:04 User comments (1)

Android KitKat up to 13.6 percent share of fragmented operating system Despite being a majorly fragmented operating system (at least compared to major rival iOS) Google's latest version of Android, KitKat, has seen its percentage rise relatively quickly.
For the period ended June 4th, 2014, KitKat (versions 4.4.x) controls 13.6 percent share, behind Jelly Bean (4.1x-4.3.x) with the lion's share at 58.4 percent.

Almost inexcusably, Froyo, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 2.2-4.0.4) still have 27 percent, despite being severely outdated. Many of Google's latest features do not even work on devices with anything older than 4.0.

Google has significantly streamlined the process of updating their operating systems, with many new features coming directly through app updates in the Google Play Store rather than through broader OS updates.

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19.6.2014 15:20

Anything pre-4.0 should die, but unfortunately, carriers still sell phones that run 2.X versions. Makes it a headache to design, especially when Google continues to change APIs while supporting older OS versions.

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