Google just released their report on their platform numbers for the month of February 2014 and it looks promising. Android versions 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich through Android 4.4 KitKat now count for over 80% of all devices that connect to Google Play, while Android 2.3 Gingerbread now counts for under 20% of all active devices.
So Ice Cream Sandwich itself now counts for 15.2% of devices, down from 16.1%. Android Jelly Bean 4.1-4.3 now count for 62% of all active devices, with the split specifically being this:
- 4.1 Jelly Bean – 35.3%
- 4.2 Jelly Bean – 17.1%
- 4.3 Jelly Bean – 9.6%
This is pretty good, considering Jelly Bean is still on many devices that haven’t gotten KitKat yet or are not going to be updated. Most of the devices on 4.3 will probably be updated soon, so when users on phones like the LG G2, HTC One, and Galaxy S4 update, KitKat’s percentage will continue to rise.
Gingerbread 2.3 finally counts for only 19% of all active devices, down from 20%. Most of these Gingerbread phones are either getting updates to 4.1 or people are replacing those devices with new phones. Most of these phones are the cheaper, constantly discounted older models, such as ones you can pick up easily on Amazon or eBay.
While Android 2.2 Froyo is down to 1.2% from 1.3% last month, Android 3.2 Honeycomb continues to stagnate at 0.1% of active devices. Versions 3.x were tablet-exclusive, launching with the original Motorola Xoom. These people are probably looking to get the next Nexus 10, to keep the large screen size, so hopefully they move on soon.
KitKat’s market share jumped from 1.8% up to 2.5%. This has probably been helped with devices like the HTC One and LG G2 getting KitKat 4.4 updates around the world. When the Galaxy S5 and new HTC One are released and people coming out of contracts pick those up, KitKat should really increase. And devices like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 getting KitKa should really help as well.
So that’s the share of active Android devices this time. Google measures these by when devices connect to Google Play, so devices with older than 2.2 that can’t connect to Google Play aren’t counted with these metrics, but make up for 1% of devices that connect to general Google servers, such as for Gmail.
Hopefully as the year goes on, KitKat will continue to gain market share, further eroding Gingerbread’s hold on the marketshare of platform numbers. With all the new devices and software updates being released, I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case.