Android KitKat running on a third of all Android devices

It's taken Google over a year to get a third of Android smartphones and tablets up to KitKat, just in time for Lollipop to appear.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer

It's taken over a year, but now Android 4.4 KitKat is running on a third of all Android devices, according to figures released by Google.

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KitKat, which first debuted 31 October, 2013 and made its public appearance on the Nexus 5, hit a usage share of 33.9 percent during the seven-day period ending December 1, beating its nearest rivals Android 4.1 and 4.2 (both codenamed Jelly Bean) which stand at 21.3 percent and 20.4 percent, respectively.

Since Google last released Android usage data back in November, KitKat has grabbed around three percentage points of usage share.

Compare this to iOS 8, which is now running on 60 percent of all iPhone and iPads after only two and a half months. However, even Apple has found it hard to get users to upgrade to iOS 8/8.1.

With KitKat and Jelly Bean now powering four out of every five Android devices accessing the Google Play store, the older platforms are slowly being squeezed out. However, they are still likely to remain significant well into 2015, by which time, KitKat will have been superseded by Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest Android release, will be fighting to gain traction and usage.

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