Android KitKat Market Share Enters Double-Digits for the 1st Time
Published on: 9th Jun 2014
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The notorious problem with Android OS fragmentation appears to be slowly shrinking as an issue according to the latest update from Google.
The periodically updated report on which OS platforms are downloading apps from the Google Play store shows that the latest OS, version 4.4 KitKat has now entered double-digits for market share.
KitKat now has a 13.6 percent market share, while it's predecessor, Jelly Bean shrinks to below 60 percent of the Android OS.
There are still 12.3 percent of users on the older Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which was the first of the 4.x variants.
Going further back, just a shade over 15% of users are on the earlier software versions, and that number is continuing to shrink as handsets die off, and users are forced into upgrades as app developers drop support for that platform.
The main issue is that Google is still rolling out updates without having in place a mechanism to bulk upgrade older compatible handsets. It's likely that the new Android OS will be released before KitKat has even overtaken Jelly Bean in market share, and then the short reduction in fragmentation will get worse again.