Android in December 2013: KitKat, Jelly Bean on the rise
Google released its traditional monthly Android version distribution numbers. The latest state of the platform saw Android 4.4 KitKat add a bit to its share and the latest release now powers 1.4% of all droids.
Despite not being the most current, Android Jelly Bean continues to gain ground. Its oldest 4.1 build slid 1.5 points to a share of 35.9%, which still makes it the most widely adopted single release out there. However, the two newer JB versions – 4.2 and 4.3 grew by 2.5 percent points each, bringing the total Jelly Bean share to 59.1 percent.
Android 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the other hand, continue their decline. All three versions dropped their cut of the overall distribution. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich were the biggest losers with 2.9% and 1.7% drops respectively, which is actually more than they lost last month, hinging at updates intensifying.
Curiously, Android 3.2 Honeycomb is still refusing to disappear form the map. The tablet-only Android version continues to sit on a 0.1% share – it has been there for a few months now.