Thursday , August 17 2017

Google releases Android distribution figures for March 2014

Luckily these weren’t released yesterday. Google has released the Android distribution figures for March 2014 based on Android devices running Android 2.2 accessing Google Play in the 7-day period ending on April 1, 2014. So, how does it look?

Well, as far as getting devices up towards the most current version of Android, the news is good. Froyo, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich all experienced dips in their distribution on devices. Jelly Bean which ranges from Android 4.1, across Android 4.2 and 4.3 saw a mixed result, with Android 4.1 and 4.3 seeing a drop in usage, while 4.2 gained.

KitKat it has to be said is the big winner here, cracking 5.3% doubling its numbers from February.

Android Version February March
Android 2.2 (Froyo) 1.2% 1.1%
Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) 19% 17.8%
Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) 0.1% 0.1%
Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) 15.2% 14.3%
Android 4.1.x (JellyBean) 35.3% 34.4%
Android 4.2.x (JellyBean) 17.1% 18.1%
Android 4.3 (JellyBean) 9.6% 8.9%
Android 4.4 (KitKat) 2.5% 5.3%

It’s good news across the board really, with devices running a version of Android 4.x crossing the 80% mark. I think we all agree running from Ice Cream Sandwich upwards is a much better user experience than running on Gingerbread which is quickly falling.

We’ll see how it goes next month after the ‘big devices’ – the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) – running KitKat are figured into the numbers.

 
Source: Android Developer Dashboard.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

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