Google posts the Android distribution chart at the start of every month to tell us how far the platform has come since the previous month. And over the past year or so, we’re seeing continued increase in the Android 4.4 KitKat figures, which is understandable since it was the latest version of Android then. Today however, times are slightly different as Android 5.0 has been announced and there are a handful of devices out there which are running the new OS.
But figures from December still seem to suggest that Android 4.4 is growing even further. Last month’s figures showed that the platform was running on over 33% of all Android devices. The figure posted this month however reveals that Android 4.4 is now on 39.1% of the devices running Android. These figures are calculated by the number of devices that have frequented the Google Play Store since the last reading was done, so it’s a pretty accurate estimate of how the platform is growing.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is not even on the chart as Google doesn’t display stats for Android versions which have marketshare of less than 0.1%. Fortunately, older versions of Android have dipped in marketshare, which is good news for Google. Android 2.3 Gingerbread has shrunk by 1.3% while Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has taken a cut by 0.5%. Hopefully, Android 5.0 Lollipop will make the charts next month.
Source: Android Developers