Android KitKat Progressing Well: Present On 18% Of Android Devices
Ryan Martin / 3 years ago
Google cannot match the speed of Apple’s update penetration across its mobile devices but Android’s “update uptake” has been improving of late. As of early July the latest update, Android 4.4 KitKat, is now on 17.9% of Android devices compared to 13.6% in early June and 8.5% in early May. Android KitKat has been out since late last year so it has had plenty of time to gain market share. That said the data still reveals significant OS fragmentation for Android, despite their age Android Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are all immensely popular. In fact, go to any major retailer and I guarantee you will still find shed-loads of Android devices being sold with those “old” operating system versions on. The main problem Android suffers from is hardware compatibility issues, many devices running ICS and Jelly Bean cannot make the upgrade to KitKat so will be stuck on those versions until owners replace them for newer devices. From this autumn we should see Android L come into the mix, that’s Android 5.0. If I’m not mistaken Google will be expecting all major smartphone vendors with KitKat devices to make that upgrade.
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