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Jelly Bean runs on almost 60 per cent of Android devices as KitKat continues slow rollout

A limited release has meant the latest update is installed on 1.4 per cent of all Android devices.

The Motorola Moto X smartphone
The Motorola Moto X smartphone
Image: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

(Updated: 13:08)

GOOGLE’S LATEST SMARTPHONE data shows that the rollout of KitKat is going slowly as 1.4 per cent of Android users have installed the latest update.

The data, released by Google on its developers site, show that the previous update, Jelly Bean, is the most popular version with 59.1 per cent of Android users having one of the three versions.

Gingerbread, which was released in 2011, is still popular with 21.2 per cent of all Android devices using it, while Ice Cream Sandwich accounts for 16.9 per cent of devices.

The data was compiled by measuring the number of devices that actively visited the Google Play Store during the first seven days of January.


(Image: Android Developers)

A similar trend can be seen in Ireland as well. Looking at the usage for thejournal.ie app on Android, more than half of users use Jelly Bean, while more than a quarter of users have Gingerbread installed. Only 3.8 per cent of Android users have KitKat installed.


(Image: TheJournal.ie)

Since it was released two months ago, KitKat has had a limited rollout. Currently, it’s available on a limited number of devices such as the Moto X, the Nexus 4, 5 and 7, and the Google Play versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

This figure is expected to increase significantly over the coming months as the likes of Samsung, Sony, and HTC roll out the update across their devices.

On the other smartphone platforms, 78 per cent of iPhone and iPad users now use iOS 7 while 70 per cent of Windows Phone users have WP8 installed.

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