The latest report issued by Google demonstrates that KitKat is slowly catching up but trails well behind Jelly Bean that powers nearly 60% of active Android devices.

Jelly Bean eats the largest slice

Google stacked up some interesting figures based on the devices that accessed Play Store over a 7-day period ending on January 8. Android 4.4, better known as KitKat, has soared 0.3 percent since December and now runs on 1.4 percent of all Android devices surveyed.

As for Honeycomb and Ice cream Sandwich, their numbers pale in comparison with Jelly Bean which owns 59.1 percent of the pie. Gingerbread on the other hand, has recorded a 3 percent drop since last month and is losing ground at a rapid clip.

Apple’s iOS 7 adoption climbspast 78%

The report clearly shows that Android devices users are surely but slowly embracing the newest versions of the Operating System. While, it should be noted that 78% of iOS users have already installed Apple’s latest platform which debuted in September 2013.


So why is adoption of Kitkat staggering? The answer is directly linked to manufacturers, as whenever Google brings a new version of Android OS on the market, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) have to personalise the update and line it up with their products. However, most OEMs prefer to put efforts in the creation of a new device rather than promoting free software updates to current customers. Still, according to experts, major manufacturers should soon complete the fusion with Android 4.4.

The next obvious question: What is your current Android flavour?

Source: Android Developers Website