Google has finally released their monthly Android platform distribution numbers to give developers an idea of the most popular Android variants at the moment. The Android “dessert-flavoured” variants are important to developers as they guide them on the most popular variants they can use to develop apps for.
The numbers show slight changes in usage of the different Android variants but Android Jelly Bean has still managed to maintain its top spot as the most popular variant. Jelly Bean saw an increase of 1.3% to settle at 62% from 60.7% last month.
The latest Android variant, KitKat, also recorded a slight increase in usage of 0.7% to settle at 2.5%. this is not that bad given the fact that KitKat has been around for only a few months.
One of the biggest losers in the numbers shift is Android 4.0 Ice Cream that saw its market share drop from 16.1% to 15.2%. Android 3.2 Honeycomb maintained its market share of 0.1% while Gingerbread lost only 1% but still controls 19% of the market.
These numbers may not be what Google wants to see but at least more and more people are embracing the latest Android variant like KitKat and Jelly Bean. With most flagship Smartphones such as the Galaxy S5 launching with Android 4.4, it will be interesting to see how these numbers change as we get to May or June when most flagships will be available in retail stores.
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