A little over a month ago, Google released its Android Platform Distribution Statistics for the tail end of 2013. Now, we’ve entered a new year. And as expected, we also have a new batch of platform stats available on the Android Developer Dashboard.
In general, the new stats indicate a gradual move to newer Android OS builds. In the last month, KitKat rose from 1.1% to 1.4%. While this number may not sound like a lot, it’s still somewhat surprising given how few devices actually have official Android 4.4 updates. And if leaks are indicative of an impending release, we can expect this number to rise dramatically in the coming months. Similarly, Jelly Bean rose from 54.5% to 59.1%. This can be explained by all of the Android 4.3 updates we’ve seen popping up for various devices in the past few weeks.
As expected, older OSes generally saw a decline in usage. In the span of one month, Ice Cream Sandwich usage declined from 18.6% to 16.9%. Similarly, Gingerbread went from 24.1% to 21.2%. Froyo also took a bit of a dip from 1.6% to 1.3%. And that red-headed stepchild Honeycomb? Well, that’s the same at 0.1%.
Are you excited to see the slow but steady progress being made to bring newer versions of Android to more users, or are you disappointed that only 1.4% of users are running the latest major version of our favorite little green robot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!