Android users prefer Jelly Bean over KitKat

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The Jelly Bean version of Google’s Android operating system remains the most popular OS version, while Android 4.4 KitKat has yet to make its impact felt.

In the week ending 8 January, data released by the firm that monitors the OS of Android devices that visited or transacted with the Google Play store indicated that Android Jelly Bean 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 still enjoyed a 60 per cent distribution rate, which is a five per cent increase from last month’s statistics.

The data also implied that most users of older Android versions opted to upgrade to Jelly Bean rather than to KitKat.

Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread users dropped around 17 per cent and 21 per cent respectively. Both versions posted a two per cent decline in volume of users.

Meanwhile, KitKat currently accounts for around 1.4 per cent of overall Android measured devices. This translates to a 0.3 per cent increase from December’s statistics.

The slow increase is not surprising considering that KitKat is still not being used on many devices. The new Android version is running only on updated Motorola and Nexus smartphones so far.

However, most manufacturers plan to adopt the new OS version soon, especially for their new smartphones. Google appears determined to make KitKat the more popular Android version as it offers many new features.

Meanwhile, users of older Android versions such as Froyo account for just 1.3 per cent, while Honeycomb can be considered almost extinct with a distribution rate of just 0.1 per cent.

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