Google has released the latest Android distribution numbers for seven days ending Feb. 2. Google releases these numbers every month by analyzing those who have visited the Play Store to give developers a clue as to which Android versions are popular. For developers, they are able to create apps that target the most popular versions for more downloads.
In the latest numbers, JellyBean, which comprises of Android 4.1.x to Android 4.3, is still on top with 44.5% market share. When you break down JellyBean into individual builds, you will see that 4.1.x has 18.4% markets share while Android 4.2.x has 19.8% markets share and Android 4.3 has 6.3% market share. As you can see, JellyBean is not that powerful when broken down into individual builds.
Android 5.0 Lollipop has finally made it to the list with 1.6% market share. This is a small but significant number given that Lollipop was released to Android Open Source Project in December last year. Lollipop did not make it to last month’s list as its market share was below 0.1%. Lollipop’s market share is expected to rise significantly in the coming months as most Smartphones on the market get this update and manufacturers launch new Smartphones with Android 5.0 preinstalled.
Android 4.4 KitKat is still popular according to the latest statistics with 39.7% market share. This is quite a big leap from the same time last year when KitKat had 1.8% market share.
From the figures, it is clear that Gingerbread is still around with 7.4% market share. Gingerbread comprises of Android 2.3.3 to Android 2.3.7. I hope this number drops in the coming months since Gingerbread has been around forever and its time to move on to newer and better version.
Which version are you using? And are you planning to update it anytime soon?