Android 4.4 KitKat slow distribution revealed three months after its release
October 31, 2013, was the date on which Google unveiled both Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as its corresponding, last-generation, Nexus phone, the LG-made Nexus 5. While some OEMs did a great job in delivering the latest version in a relatively short(er) time, others are still working on firmware updates. This is also reflected in the latest Android distribution numbers published by Google. The numbers were collected for a 7-day period ending on February 4, 2014.
What we’re seeing is Jelly Bean dominating the chart, with 4.1.x, 4.2.x, and 4.3 versions. These account for 60.7%, with the most recent 4.3 version of Jelly Bean at 8.9%. However, the most recent version of the Android OS, which is 4.4.x, is just under 2%, at 1.8%. Surprisingly, there are still 16.1% of devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich, and 20% on Gingerbread.
Compared to Google, and thanks to different distribution models, Apple’s iOS 7 was already powering 74% of devices at the beginning of December 2013, and, as of today, 80%. We do have to mention though, that Apple’s iOS 7 was announced and released before Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat.