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Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 18%, Overtakes Gingerbread But Growth Slows

Google Android Platform StatsIt’s become quite customary for Google to release updated Android Platform Stats at the start of every month. These figures show the latest state of fragmentation in the Android ecosystem–valuable information for developers looking to better target their application development efforts.

When we last left off one month ago, we were pleased to note some rather significant progress in the right direction. Android 4.4.x KitKat was up to 13.6% from 8.5% the month before, resulting in a 60% relative growth. This figure kept pace with the 60% relative growth over the month before. Unfortunately, Android 2.x was still hanging around at 15.7% of devices last month.

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This month, we’ve continued the positive trend, although the rate of progress has slowed significantly. Android 4.4.x KitKat saw a 31.6% relative growth, which resulted in a total of 17.9% of active installs. Android 2.x is now down to 14.2%. This equates to a 9.6% relative drop, which keeps pace with the 9% relative drop the month before. Another way of looking at this data is that KitKat is on the rise (though its rapid inflation has slowed substantially now that a good percentage of the devices that will receive official upgrades have already gotten them), and 2.x is going down as people put down their old devices and purchase new phones. But perhaps most significantly, KitKat has finally overtaken Gingerbread, and in fact, all of Android 2.x. This is good news, folks, as we’re one step closer to finally saying goodnight to Android’s dark, software-rendered past.

In addition to version stats, the Android Developer Dashboard now also reports information regarding screen size and resolution, as well as max supported OpenGL version. This can be seen below:

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As we said time and time again, it’s great to see progress in the right direction. Although we’re only a few months away from the official release of Android L, we still look forward to seeing KitKat rise in the coming months. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

[Source: Android Developer Dashboard]

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