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.