Devices running on Android’s latest version called KitKat has more than doubled in March than a month before, Google s Android adoption dashboard report suggests. While KitKat was running on merely 2.5 percent of total Android devices till last month, this month the latest iteration has been reportedly powering 5.3 percent of all Android devices. The latest numbers of the report also highlights that Jelly Bean has witnessed a slight decrease in its share of the Android pie, though it continues to dominate the ecosystem with a 61.4 percent share in total. Last month, Android Jelly Bean was recorded to have 62 percent share. Also Read - Three months since launch, Android Lollipop fails to reach even 0.1 percent of global Android smartphones
According to Google, 34.4 percent of Android smartphones are running on the 4.1 version of the Jelly Bean, while 18.1 percent are powered by the 4.2 version and only 8.9 percent by the 4.3 version.
The older OS versions, however, continue to decline in usage, with GingerBread still running on a substantial number of Android devices. It now contributes to 17.8 percent as compared to 19 percent last month. Ice Cream Sandwich share too have decreased from 15.2 percent to 14.3 percent. Others like Honeycomb has 0.1 percent share and Froyo runs on merely 1.1 percent of the total Android smartphones.
It is imperative for the latest version of any platform to have wider adoption as new versions not just bring new features and avoid fragmentation for app developers, they also fix security holes that malware might exploit. Apple, on the other hand, claims 85 percent of iOS users were running on iOS 7 at the end of March 23.