Google continues its monthly ritual of posting platform distribution numbers for Android. After getting a fairly late start, KitKat is keeping up its suddenly explosive pace by adding 3.2% to last month's 5.3%. This is largely due to a continual stream of updates to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

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The increase in KitKat's presence came at the expense of almost every older version of Android except for Jelly Bean 4.2, which actually rose 0.7%. The combined total of Jelly Bean versions remained fairly steady, only falling 0.6%. Gingerbread continues to make a slow crawl towards obscurity by losing nearly a tenth of its former footprint. If this trend continues, all of the Android versions prior to Ice Cream Sandwich combined should account for less than 10% before Christmas.

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For those who might be keeping an eye on it, OpenGL ES 3.0 support is steadily growing, as are the number of devices sporting XHDPI displays. MDPI is still maintaining a surprisingly powerful position, in large part due to the remaining Gingerbread user base. We'll be back next month when Google shares the next set of numbers!

[Android Dashboard]