Android 4.4 KitKat Has Only 1.1% of the Market

by Dale Wright

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Android 4.4 KitKat has been available for more than a month now, but new figures have revealed that it’s only on 1.1% of Android devices.

Research from Google, the company behind Android, sought to look at which version of the operating system its users were currently on, and the results were pretty surprising.  Just 1.1% of Android users had updated to 4.4 KitKat, the newest version of the OS, showing it’s proving difficult to convince people to upgrade.

Android Jelly Bean is doing pretty well though, as its three versions account for more than half of the total Android market, at 54.4%.  That means that the majority of Android users are only a few versions behind, so that’s not too outdated.  Perhaps most surprising though is that 24.1% of users are on Android Gingerbread, so almost a quarter of users are running an operating system that’s nearly three years out of date.

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The main problem that Google has had with getting users to move to Android 4.4 KitKat is that it’s not available for all devices yet.  It was originally released on the LG Nexus 5 but it’s now also available for the Nexus 4, the Samsung Nexus 10, the Acer Nexus 7, and the HTC One.

The difference between iOS and Android is that Apple makes all its own products, so it can offer its operating system to all users at once.  This means that the newest version of the iOS always has a massive uptake straight away.  However, Android is on a range of manufacturer’s devices, so it can’t control which smartphones and tablets will be able to use it.  As more manufacturers and networks make devices that are compatible with Android 4.4, it’s likely to see a huge uptake in the coming months.  Next quarter, we’ll see a completely different story.