Android Jelly Bean continues dominating the overall Android OS ecosystem with over 60 percent share, though its growth rate has relatively lowered down than a month before, Google’s Android distribution number for the month of January suggests. The distribution table also shows an increase in the use of Android 4.4 KitKat, which now runs on 1.8 percent of all Android devices from 1.4 percent a month prior. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
According to the report, Android 4.x Jelly have now grown to 60.7 percent of the total Android user-base. Within Android Jelly Bean, while the 4.2 version now has a wider user-base of 16.3 percent now, the presence of version 4.1.x has decreased by 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, Android 4.3 has widened its hold to 8.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich share has plunged further to 16.1 percent from 16.9 percent in December. So has that of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which has decreased by 1.2 percent, to now account for a total of 20 percent of total Android user-base.
The distribution data clears that the Android 4.4 Kitkat version still runs on a very small number of Android devices, mainly due to its lower penetration and availability. Currently only Google’s Nexus devices, Motorola’s selected mobiles in some countries, a few Samsung and Sony smartphones have received Kitkat. However, with Samsung expected to aggressively roll out the KitKat update to Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S 4 smartphones in February and new smartphone launches with KitKat on board, we expect the numbers to improve.