Google: 59.1% of all active Android devices run Jelly Bean, 1.4% run KitKat

Ian Hardy

January 11, 2014 8:20 pm

Android OS 4.4 KitKat has slowly increased its ranking over the past 4-weeks by 0.03% to 1.4% of devices (might be a slight insight into how Nexus 5 sales are doing, too). The main player is Jelly Bean with an adoption rate of 59.1%, up 4.6% from last month. OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich still claims ownership on 16.9% of all Android devices. Unfortunately, those on Gingerbread — which was officially released December 2010 — are still a substantial number with 21.2% of Android users.

Source: Android Developers

  • Christopher T

    I’m still running ICS as HTC never provided an update to JB. #Sad.

    • kilowiko

      Too lazy to update yourself?

    • Christopher T

      You got a link? That’s what I thought.

    • kilowiko

      Yes, try xda.

    • Josh Brown

      What HTC do you have?

    • Christopher T

      I have an HTC Amaze. Do you think it can run cyadogen 11 or should I go with a lower version?

    • Josh Brown

      There is a CM 11 rom but it looks a little buggy. But there is a jellybean 4.2.2 rom that looks fully functional. Check out xda

    • kilowiko

      That’s too much work for the numbskulls here. Face it, they’d sooner be watching american idol instead of improving their knowledge or abilities..

  • Chris Yung

    Does Windows Phone 8 count?

  • Ryan

    KitKat 4.4.2 on HTC One…smoooth scrollin’

  • Diderot

    The wife is stuck with ICS on her Xperia Ion as Wind/Sony never provided update to JB. #disappointed

    • kilowiko

      Too lazy to update it manually yourself for her?

    • Josh Brown

      Tons of JB rooms on x da.

    • kilowiko

      That looks like too much work for these ppl. Either that, or they’re all just incompetent.

  • Darryl Barnes

    This is a big problem with Android. Not all devices get updates right away. And some you never know if they will get them at all.

    • kilowiko

      Fail. Almost all android devices can be updated. Just because you may have a manufacturer that’s decided not to provide further support for your device does not make it a brick. You most likely could be running the latest and greatest if you just weren’t lazy.

    • Stephen B Morris

      It just comes with the territory. When you have multiple manufacturers and carriers who would rather have people buy a new phone instead of update the one they own, this is the end result. They want repeat business. They won’t be able to get to your wallet as often if they kept the device that you bought in 2010 still running with the newest OS. It goes without saying that other factors are at play, especially hardware related but I think this also plays a part as well.

    • realitycheck

      i think thats where htc suffered and now realize.

  • Russell Robinson

    still waiting on fido to push 4.4 to my moto x………

    • kilowiko

      Fail. Do it yourself and stop complaining.

  • Muhammad

    still running 4.1.2 on sony xperia sp

  • Samuel Bolduc

    KitKat 4.4.2 (CyanogenMod 11) on my good old Galaxy SIII

    • Noah Roesler

      Do you have the AT&T model?

    • Samuel Bolduc

      The Videotron model, SGH-T999V

  • aaron

    fail…

    • kilowiko

      That’s what your mom was telling me last night about you. Shame.

    • aaron

      wow what a retarded troll

    • kilowiko

      Yep, your mom was right.

    • aaron

      Yep, your mom dropped you so you became retarded. I feel sorry for you.

  • gab_gagnon

    And fanboys were screaming at fragmentation with 78% of users on iOS 7. Yeah right…

    • kilowiko

      IOS has basically zero fragmentation. Really the only people not on the latest are those held back by corporate policy or those who were waiting for the latest version to be jail broken.

    • Super_Deluxe

      I don’t like iOS but I must admit that iOS barely has fragmentation. If they do stop supporting a previous device it’s because it’s too old and time for an upgrade to have a smooth experience with the newest version. You can’t compare Android and iOS fragmentation because there are a billion and a half devices out in the wild and only a few iOS devices out, say 15-20. It’s alot easier to manage that amount than millions of different devices with different hardware.

    • gab_gagnon

      A few iOS devices? Like 200 millions and that’s only for iOS 7? Yeah, that’s a few.

    • Super_Deluxe

      I mean the amount of different types of iOS devices like iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and 5s and iPad 1, 2, 3, and 4.

    • cloakster

      Google Nexus devices are ALWAYS up to date, even more so than Apple devices. I’m enjoying 4.4.2 on my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 :)

    • Super_Deluxe

      Yup. This is why OEMs should’ve release a few models like a high, midrange and low end and each of those model gets updated yearly and I’m referring to the hardware and not the software. Now that they’ve released a billion different ones, it’s gotten out of hand and that a 1 year old phone or tablet gets abandoned in a few months, there’s only so much their developers can handle and all those different models is hard to keep up with.

    • realitycheck

      what about the galaxy nexus or the nexus s or the nexus one which was to be compared to the iphone 4 in its time and the iphone 4 still managed to get ios 7.

  • GONINSANE

    Running ICS, there is an update available, but because of ICS, I can’t update it.

    • Josh Brown

      That makes no sense

    • GONINSANE

      It’s a long story, and that was just a short summary of what happened. Basically, when I bought my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2X) it was running Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), and when the ICS update came out I updated it to, at the time, the latest software. Long story short, when Jelly Bean was available for my device I realized I was no longer able to connect my phone to my computer (or any computer because believe me I tried many), I could not update to Jelly Bean. I first believed it to be a hardware issue, “There is probably something wrong with the drivers or something” I thought, but it wasn’t until one of my relatives had the exact same phone as me, from the same carrier, was able to update to Jelly Bean (on my computer so it’s not the computer’s fault). I thought to myself, “What’s the difference between my relatives phone and mine?” until I realized that my relative’s phone was running Gingerbread when it was updated and mine was running ICS, and from that point on I now believe this to be a software issue rather than a hardware issue.

    • Paul Figueiredo

      I could be wrong, it’s been so very long since I used that particular phone. But one of the primary reasons to upgrade that phone TO ICS was so that it would support OTA updates and no longer HAVE to plug in to Kies for it’s updates. In Short: You can’t plug it in to get updates anymore, because you’re not SUPPOSED to plug it in to get updates anymore.

      Kies became useless after that. Your update option is in the settings, “about phone” –> “software update” –> “check for updates”

      Like I said, it’s been a while, so I could be waaay off, but I think that’s what happened.

    • GONINSANE

      That feature comes with the Jelly Bean update. With ICS you still have to plug it in and use Kies to update it.

    • Josh Brown

      What is the model # of the s2x? With Samsung you can flash the other update over stock recovery or flash the whole rom. You are not out of options, just do some research.

    • GONINSANE

      SGH-T989D. I have never really looked into that stuff. Can it be done wireless? My issue is that I can no longer connect my phone to a computer, so if my phone needs to be connected to a computer to do that stuff then I most likely can’t do it.

    • kilowiko

      Impossible. If you can root it you can install a different ROM on it. Start by adding a custom recovery like twrp or cwm. Since your new I’d stick to twrp. From there its literally point and clicking your way to a new phone.

    • GONINSANE

      If I have to connect my phone to a computer to do it, I can’t do it. If it can be done wireless, then I am eager to learn how to fix this issue.

  • teddygramz2060

    will samung tab 3 get the kit kat update i been waiting

  • teddygramz2060

    im stuck on 4.1.1

    • kilowiko

      No, you’re not. Stop being an id10t.

  • Handheld Addict

    KitKat is only 1.4%? Impossible! *I* am using a Nexus 5, so that means that tons of people are using it! That is my experience, so it MUST be everybody elses too, right? Should be 75% adoption rate according to the message boards… just kidding.

    My previous (and still using, though winding down now) daily driver is Samsung Galaxy S Glide running Gingerbread 2.3.5. Mobile Syrup really misunderstands how many of us are left behind in Android OS because of carriers refusal to update. The break is about 2 years ago, where lots of mid-range phones are left behind. Maybe after the Galaxy S2X and Galaxy S3, and HTC One X, there was a little more updating.

    • kilowiko

      You’re only left behind because you aren’t using your noggin. Plain and simple. Just because your carrier or phone manufacturer no longer support you doesn’t mean you can’t update. Stop acting like a simpleton and use your head and think. Youve made it to a so called tech blog so you have what it takes to fix things yourself.

    • realitycheck

      Its not just the carrier that isnt releasing updates, Neither are the manufacturers for devices only 2-3 generations old. The upgrade turnover cycle for android is really high. All the initial perceived saving from buying a cheaper android is lost by the lack of longevity in the hardware and software fronts.

  • Josh Brown

    If people care that much about what version they are on then flash the rom you want. There is usual an option on xda.

    • Plazmic Flame

      The problem is that your average consumer has no idea what version their running on their device. They probably know that they have an “Android phone” or they have a “Galaxy” and that’s about it. Really and truly, this doesn’t affect the user as long as they can still get the apps they want. Also, you’re average user isn’t going to seek out the XDA website and then follow those 50-step tutorials, too overwhelming.

    • kilowiko

      No, its called laziness. And its rampant here by the looks of it.

    • HelloCDN

      No, it’s called prioritizing. My phone is a tool that is supposed to help me save the time, not waste it. I’d rather spend time creating something than “hacking” something.
      I think if you look outside the window, you’ll realize it’s not all hackers around.

    • kilowiko

      No, its called laziness. Searching Google for 30 seconds to find and learn how to install a ROM is NOT hacking. You sound like you should be in front of the tube watching american idolgays.

    • HelloCDN

      You sound like one of those angry MMO teenage players, who think the world revolves around tech toys.

    • kilowiko

      Wtf are you talking about? Crack pipe treating you well?

  • madcowmoomoo

    Cyanogen 11 on SGS2

  • Kusanagi

    Just upgraded to JB 4.3 on my Xperia Z1. :)
    4.4 is in Sony’s plans for Q1 2014… yeah !

  • Michael

    I love to see stats like this. It explains alot. At least 25% of Android users are used phones that are around 4 years old. Why do Android users whine when peripherals and app are not developed for them? Most Android users use their phones like feature phones.