The latest version of Android is version 4.4, also known as KitKat, and according to Google’s most recent figures, its adoption rate is rising. However, while it may be the most recent, its predecessor, Jelly Bean, also continues to rise in the charts.
Android KitKat is now installed on 2.5% of all Android devices accessing Google Play – the main way Google tracks these statistics – up from 1.8% last month. While more manufacturers are announcing smartphones with 4.4 already installed, much of this growth will come from updates to phones already in circulation, and from hardware such as the Nexus 5.
There are three main versions of Jelly Bean, version 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3. The latter two have also shown a small amount of growth. Android 4.3 has raised its share of the pie from 8.9% to 9.6%, while 4.2 is at 17.1%, up from 16.3% the month before. Fewer updates are being pushed out for the older software, so this could be related to devices being sold new with 4.3 already onboard.
The only member of the Jelly Bean family to drop is 4.1, and even then only by 0.2% to 35.3%, which still makes it the most widely used version of the operating system. Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich have all dropped in the charts too.
Almost all the high-end smartphones announced during Mobile World Congress had Android 4.4 KitKat installed, so we can expect the new OS to increase its share rapidly over the coming months.