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Android distribution for June: KitKat up, everything else down

Google recently announced Android L Preview, the next generation of the mobile OS. Coming alongside it is the new design language, Material Design, set to flatten the OS and create new guidelines for developers, focusing on shadow, texture and animation.

Android L is still unavailable to almost everyone in the world, only developers with Nexus devices can get a hold of the new OS update. This means it will not be seen on the Android distribution numbers for June, but other than that it is good news for Google.


Froyo is still kicking about somehow, with 0.7 percent it continues to border death. Gingerbread did better, but continues to fall as more people switch to newer devices, as it stands the three year old OS still has 13.5 percent share.

Ice Cream Sandwich is another big faller, the 4.0 update did bring a lot of people over from Gingerbread, but with the recent iterative updates, not as many people stuck to 4.0, ending the month at 11.4 percent share.

Jelly Bean 4.1 continues to be the leader in terms of share, at 27.8 percent. It is surprising so many smartphones are stuck on the first version of Jelly Bean, without any way to move to 4.2 or 4.3, the other Jelly Bean iterations.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is the second highest, at 19.7 percent share. Jelly Bean 4.3 is much lower, at only 9.0 percent share. The fact KitKat came just a few months after Jelly Bean 4.3 negated many OEMs grabbing the iterative update.

KitKat is the biggest climber, considering Android L is still not available, OEM partners are continuing to update their devices on KitKat. This has pushed KitKat 4.4 to 17.9 percent share, higher than it ever has been.

We might see KitKat drop low as soon as Android L hits, considering the amount of OEM partners preparing the update already, we might see this becoming one of the most used Android OS updates.

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