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Google's KitKat now on 5.3% of all Android devices, still dwarfed by Jelly Bean

Android KitKat

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Google released fresh stats today for the adoption of its most recent Android release, KitKat.

Since Google’s last announcement, KitKat’s share of the Android market has doubled in size — from just 2.5 percent to 5.3 percent. It’s unclear whether or not Google Glass has anything to do with the bump.

Fragmentation remains a lingering issue for Google. It has plagued the operating system for so long that it’s no longer fun to talk about, so we’ll keep this brief.

For Google, the jump to having 5.3 percent of Android users on its latest release is impressive. But not so much when you compare that to the number of Apple-device users who are on the latest iOS release: As of last week, Apple’s iOS 7 now runs on 85 percent of Apple mobile devices.

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Despite Google’s best efforts to cater to older devices — and the company’s purchase of France’s FlexyCore to solve this problem — fragmentation remains a core feature of Android.


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