It’s now June and you guys know what that means – updated Android distribution stats. Now last month we reported that Android 4.4 KitKat’s adoption rate had risen by 3.2%, meaning that it was on 8.5% of all registered Android devices. It’s a bit low compared to how fast iOS 7 was adopted, but it seems that unlike its predecessor, Android KitKat has a much faster adoption rate.
As you can see from the latest stats released by Google, Android 4.4 KitKat is currently sitting at 13.6%. This is a marked improvement from last month where it was only at 8.5%, meaning that it had risen by a little over 5% in a month’s time. This is better than last month which like we said, only increased by around 3.2%. At the rate we’re going, it seems that by the time Google I/O rolls around, we could be looking at maybe 15-16%, or maybe even more!
Distribution figures for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has gone down too, possibly with more users upgrading to newer versions of Android. Previously it sat at 13.4%, but it is now down to 12.3%. Interestingly enough it seems that later builds of Android Jelly Bean have increased as well. While the original Android 4.1 Jelly Bean numbers have dropped, Android 4.2 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has increased.
In the past we have seen smartphone launches that come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean preinstalled, so perhaps such releases have helped with Android 4.3’s numbers. We expect that KitKat’s numbers will rise, although we have to wonder if Jelly Bean will rise as well, or if it will start seeing a migration to KitKat, but we guess we’ll just have to wait until next month’s numbers to see.