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Another month, another set of platform distribution numbers. The constant ebb and flow of Android's population by version number continues to swing in KitKat's favor, though not by a whole lot. Android 4.4 is up 4.3% month over month during the 7-day period measured by Google from July 1st to the 7th, while Jelly Bean appears to have undergone its first net shrinkage. Though the number of 4.2 installs grew by 0.6%, 4.1 fell 1.2%, and 4.3 by 1.3%, marking a net decline for Jelly Bean of 1.9%.

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Froyo shrunk ever so slightly, by a modest 0.1%, and Ice Cream Sandwich is down 0.9%, as well. And, finally, Gingerbread is no longer more popular than KitKat, though it still commands a greater share than Android 4.3, at 13.5%. You can check out the full distro numbers at the source link, below.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Keyan X

    Aww I wanted L to be in there

    • Sruly J

      Well considering that:

      1. L is only still a preview,
      2. Assuming these numbers are for 1 billion devices, and 1% = 10,000,000,
      3. Versions need at least .1% or 1,000,000 to be on this chart,

      Wanting 1 million devices to run a preview version is only wishful dreaming :(

      • Guest

        l

      • descendency

        Given that the L Preview is intended for developers to test their apps (and not users to test the platform), it would be really bad if 1,000,000 devices were running it - especially as a daily driver. I tried to use it and found some minor flaws that made it unusable as a daily driver, but perfectly functional as an app test bed.

        • black

          My daily driver is running L, as in Lexus. My nightly driver switches to a Mercedes S.

        • Sruly J

          Exactly. Since right now it's only really for developers, there's almost no chance of it reaching the charts due to the fact it's not stable enough, like you pointed out, for a daily driver.

    • Damian

      It'll be in there, and have a big part on that chart. I hope my Galaxy S2 will be in that part too, that battery life and better performance...

      • Crispin Swickard

        Not officially anyway, and probably only if its a model with a Snapdragon SOC. Otherwise some of the later variants would run it more than sufficiently be it probably on a custom ROM.

    • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

      I wanted L to be in my Galaxy Nexus.

  • djakdekiel

    Awesome! :D

  • Zyre

    Can't find it anywhere but has the speed of adoption for KitKat increased over the last time or is the speed slowing down?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It slowed slightly.

      KitKat May->June grew 5.1%, KitKat June->July grew 4.2%.

      • Zyre

        Thanks for the statistics!

        • Dominic Powell

          Should grow at about a constant 4-5% going forward methinks. New devices launching worldwide (LG G3, Moto X+1, Note 4) Note 2 should be getting the last updates worldwide, 5 other Galaxy mid rangers are getting the update. Also some older devices where people have ignore updates should get converted as well. Look for 21% in August I think.

      • Mark01

        i hate to be that guy but i'm pretty confident with the incoming L release, kiktat=RIP.

      • Colin Richardson

        Is there a way to view the Timeline of charts? Be nice to see the past charts in one place?

        • Roger Siegenthaler

          Count me in on this question :)

        • Guest

          A Gif would work nicely.

  • polesmoker99

    I'M COMING FOR YOU FROYO. SOME DAY, I WILL DANCE ON YOUR GRAVE.

    • imscaredofyou

      Calm down satan

      • polesmoker99

        Satan doesn't dance.

        • Rafael Luik

          Satan is the king of dance.

          • polesmoker99

            But Michael Flatley is the Lord of the Dance.

    • KingofPing

      Love watching the knee-jerk over-reactions over Froyo and Gingerbread...as though it somehow affects you... in the slightest.

      Old devices not getting tossed in the bin? Good.

      • Randroid

        For developers, it does affect you. Last time I looked (a few days ago) somewhere around 10% of my user base is still on Gingerbread. That means that I have a TON of old code in my app that I could get rid of by cutting support for Gingerbread, but I don't want to cut off 10% of my users.

        • Try again.

          So...not a developer then, I take it?

          Coding to the latest Google Play Services API gives you 93% platform penetration.

          OS version means almost nothing. API version is what it's all about - and yeah; Gingerbread has the latest.

          • someone755

            Wait wait wait, what are you saying?
            This here gives me a completely different idea:
            https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/uses-sdk-element.html#ApiLevels
            Along with all the shit I've been reading on developing in the last week (and why on Earth is coding apps so goddamn complicated!?).
            Mainly, this:
            "To support as many devices as possible, you should set this to the lowest version available
            that allows your app to provide its core feature set. If any feature of your app is possible
            only on newer versions of Android and it's not critical to the app's core feature set, you
            can enable the feature only when running on the versions that support it /.../."
            So that means that you must be wrong. Newest API version is Android 4.4 at level 19 (gingerbread being 9-10), and, if an API level does not support the core features of an app, either the features must be heavily changed, thrown away, or the low API level should stop getting support from the app developer.
            Seeing over 14% of Android users having devices running on levels below 11 isn't just something you go around; app developers need to take that into account and either destroy or remove features from the app to support that 14%.

          • One more time…

            Y(Oh, well...if I *must* be wrong....) /sarcasm

            ..but seriously:

            1. API level of Android.
            2. Google Services API.

            You may notice that these are two different things. One has been around since Android began, the other is relatively new in comparison; and not covered by the document you linked/quoted.

            Again, the latest Google Play Services APIs support Android versions down to 2.2.

            Helpful links if you actually want to learn more:

            http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/balky-carriers-and-slow-oems-step-aside-google-is-defragging-android/

            http://lifehacker.com/why-google-play-services-are-now-more-important-than-an-975970197

          • someone755

            I don't get what Play Services has to do with app development. I'm new to all this so forgive my ignorance (I have read the two articles you've linked, I just don't know/understand).
            This is how I understand Android API versions:
            Like, imagine I set out to make a file explorer/cleaner/Xposed alternative/free money generator all in one that would beat every other app's arse (hypothetically).
            I want it to make use of the Holo theme and the navigation drawer and OOPS -- what's this?
            I realize that 14% percent of the people that have answered my hypothetical survey (one that every Android user has answered) on this are running something below ICS. At that point I have to decide; either I'll ditch the perfect design and make something else or cut away 14% of the people that would use it (which equals 14% less purchases of my app).

          • Randroid

            As @someone755:disqus mentions, there's a lot of things that aren't included in Google Play Services, such as design elements. There are some things than can be done in older versions that simply need a different code set to accomplish the same (or similar) task, and some things that just simply can't be done in older API versions.

            I take it that you are the one who isn't a developer, especially since your name is "Try again." instead of using a meaningful name where people might be able to actually recognize you and call you out. (I assume you are also "One more time...")

    • someone755

      LONG LIVE FROYO!
      The grave might be there but it'll be long after the nuclear wars we'll bury the beast!

  • Fexlom

    Last paragraph: "souce link"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      That's the New Jersey source. Souce.

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

    And we will always remember this as the day where for the first time ever only the last version of Android has gone up and all the other versions have gone down.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Welllll 4.2 still went up, so, not *technically*.

      • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

        Well, taking the codenames as our guides, it happened!

  • https://www.igooglemedia.com/ Donzay Stone

    A Look at What Google Has Revealed at the Google I/O
    Read More : http://www.igooglemedia.com/a-look-at-what-google-has-revealed-at-the-google-io-part-1/

  • https://www.igooglemedia.com/ Donzay Stone

    A Look at What Google Has Revealed at the Google I/O 2

    Read More : http://www.igooglemedia.com/a-look-at-what-google-has-revealed-at-the-google-io-part-2/

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Honeycomb is already a part of history
    Now it is time for Froyo to follow 3.x steps
    Then ICS
    Jelly Bean
    KitKat
    And the LOLIPOP SHALL TAKE OVER THE WORLD! MUAHAHAHAHAH

    • Crispin Swickard

      Lets hope it has a faster/better adoption rate. With the preview out like this it could be a game changer in the Android world for the better. Lets hope for combined 4.1-4.3 numbers on L this time next year. :) That would be a huge leap in the right direction.

    • Android Developer

      Honeycomb is like Vista.
      GB is like XP.

  • Shane Redman

    Show me the numbers for up to date play services so I can really smile

    • jab416171

      93% of devices are running the latest version of Play Services. Source: I/O Keynote

  • AbbyZFresh

    I only came here to see the Gingerbread numbers. ;)

    Looks like i'm disappointed to see it's still holding up strong :(

    • Crispin Swickard

      I would aim for the death of Froyo before that. Baby steps.

      • Colin Richardson

        I don't know, I think it would be funny to see Gingerbread die before Froyo.

        • Major Suave

          Honeycomb died before Gingerbread

          • someone755

            Honeycomb was for tablets only, so that's understandable.
            Also most tablets of the time either used Gingerbread (fuck you, Samsung), or waited for ICS.

      • someone755

        Froyo can stay there forever. That 0.7% of people probably don't use the devices much.
        I do, however, hate GB. Only reason behind that are shitty phones (mostly Samsung) that were even created in 2012.
        Froyo uber alles! :D

        • Crispin Swickard

          Trust me I hate seeing GB more than Froyo since its a still such a substantial number. Also I know that there are probably a substantial number of those devices that could be running Kitkat even better that GB, and they are stuck using it. Froyo dropping off is just an easier obtainable goal, and will happen first. :)

          • someone755

            Not necessarily. The argument of Honeycomb, albeit weak, still stands. :D
            Death to Gingerbread! Long live Froyo!

  • MikeOxlong

    Makes sense. Most of the upgradable devices are going to be running jellybean so...

  • psy spy

    I AM STILL ON ECLAIR BITCH!

  • lángos
  • Major Suave

    Honeycomb fell off the list... wow.

    I still use my Gingerbread LG- P500 once in a while to connect to Songza, Accuradio and Google Play music. I also use it as a remote for PCs and a cam.

    So yeah, it'll keep showing up on these charts. But this is not my primary device. A thing these charts cannot measure.

    • Sruly J

      Honeycomb was gone last month, and these charts only are based on devices accessing the Play Store, so your device won't make such a difference with regards to having .1% of devices (or 1 million devices)

  • RichardG867

    Meanwhile, I still see people running 4.3 on their Moto G.