Android 4.4 KitKat gobbles 5% of all Android devices

The latest flavor of Android is slowly eating up more Android devices, according to the latest stats from Google.

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Android 4.4 KitKat now has a home on 5.3 percent of all Android devices, at least those that visit the Google Play store.

In its latest Android Developer Dashboard, Google revealed Google Play stats for all Android versions during the seven days that ended April 1. KitKat's newest cut of the action doubles the 2.5 percent share seen a month ago and shows continued growth from the 1.8 percent recorded at the beginning of February.

Android Jelly Bean stayed on the top with a collective share of 61.4 percent, a tiny drop from the 62 percent seen a month ago. But Gingerbread held third place as the Android flavor that refuses to retire with a cut of 17.8 percent, down slightly from 19 percent the prior month. Ice Cream Sandwich's hold on the market trickled down to 14.3 percent from 15.2 percent.

Fragmentation continues to be a thorn in Android's side with multiple versions floating about. But that's an unfortunate side effect when so many players are involved in the mix.

iOS upgrades are a relatively simple matter since Apple controls the entire process from testing to rollout. But Android upgrades involve Google, device makers, and mobile carriers, each of whom have to play their part before users get a shot at the latest version.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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