Google’s KitKat is now on 8.5% of Android devices, up by 37% in one month

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Google released new Android OS growth rates today, and like last month, KitKat jumped in market share significantly. Month over month, adoption of Google’s latest Android release is up by 37% (comparatively).

Google estimates that KitKat, also known as Android 4.4, now runs on 8.5 percent of all active Android devices today, up from 5.3 percent last month. The market share of Google’s other candy-themed releases — Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo — all dropped accordingly.

Here’s a look at KitKat’s growth, in comparison to all other Android versions, over the past three months:


As we wrote in April, fragmentation remains a lingering issue for Google. Yet, growth over the past few months suggest that Google’s KitKat packs a consistently strong growth rate. This is a continuing trend for Google, but there does not appear to be a single source for the growth.

Although the comparison is arguably unfair, it’s noteworthy that Apple’s latest mobile OS release, iOS 7, runs on 87 percent of active iOS devices.

Android OS Marketshare (May 5)

Above: Android OS Marketshare (May 5)

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