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Android 4.4 KitKat update on just 1.4 per cent of devices

Luke Johnson


Android KitKat is taking a break

With an Android 4.4 KitKat update still missing from a number of key handsets, latest figures have revealed the most recent Google OS is running on just 1.4 per cent of all Android devices.

The new usage figures for December 2013 show that the OS update, launched back in October has grown its install base from 1.1 per cent in November, highlighting the slow rollout of the KitKat themed software.

Launched aboard the hugely popular Google Nexus 5, the Android 4.4 KitKat update has been added to a fringe collection of devices, with flagship models such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and LG G2 still waiting to make the jump to the Jelly Bean follow-on.

Highlighting the continuing fragmentation issues affecting the Android platform, the now outdated Jelly Bean themed Android OS iterations continue to see the biggest increase in device installations.

While Android 4.4 KitKat continues a slow rollout, the latest monthly Android installation figures have shown that all iterations of Android Jelly Bean now account for 59.1 per cent of all Android devices, up from 54.5 per cent the previous month.

Stepping further back into the annals of past Android iterations, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is still used to power 16.9 per cent of Google-brimmed devices while, somewhat surprisingly and equally worryingly, the distant Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS still runs on 21.2 per cent of devices.

Prior to the festive period, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC confirmed that its flagship HTC One handset would be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat during the opening weeks of 2014.

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Prem Desai

January 13, 2014, 7:00 am

I think Android has many good points - however, the version updates has got to be one of its weakest points.

In a bid to be open and politically correct and all that, consumer are totally reliant on the manufacturer of their device for updates.

This is a hopeless model as we all know that manufacturers are only keen to sell new products. Once it's more than a few weeks old, they just don't care.

It's just frustrating that the manufacturers don't guarantee future updates and that if an older device gets an update, we feel grateful for that.

C'mon Android developers - sort this out - please.


January 14, 2014, 1:46 pm

Buy Google's own handsets then. That's the only answer. Otherwise that's the price you have to pay.

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