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Android 4.4 KitKat update on just 1.4 per cent of devices

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Highlighting the continuing fragmentation issues affecting the Android platform, the now outdated Jelly Bean themed Android OS iterations continue to see the biggest increase in device installations.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