Android has always looked a little unstable when it comes to fragmentation, with most of the users running an older version of the operating system, perhaps not supported by some app developers.
The numbers for July show a large growth in KitKat, which would be good news if it weren’t for the big Android L releasing coming in September or October. Now, Google has to focus on getting the 20 percent of users from KitKat to Android L.
It is nice to know that 1/5 of the Android userbase are running the current platform OS though, even if it is about to become outdated. On Jelly Bean, we seen 4.1 reach 30 percent of the installed user-base way after 4.2 and 4.3 became available.
KitKat could have the same problem, now that more phones are being sold with Android KitKat 4.4.4 pre-installed, it might lead to KitKat’s growth after Android L’s release, leading to even more fragmentation on the design of applications.
Android KitKat is currently the second most used platform OS, in first place sits Jelly Bean 4.1 with 26.9 percent share, Jelly Bean 4.2 takes third place with 19.8 percent, a little under KitKat.
Gingerbread 2.3 is still alive with 13.6 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 is a little behind with 10.6 percent. Jelly Bean 4.3, the only JB OS update to not surpass 10 percent ever, sits at 7.6 percent, Froyo 2.2 is alive with 0.7 percent share of the platform.
There is still a lot of fragmentation compared to iOS, who has 80 percent of the userbase on iOS7. It is expected to be the same way with iOS8, most iPhone and iPad users quickly update their device, unlike Android.