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    Default KitKat nearly at 14%

    Kitkat is nearly at 14% of all devices.

    Version Codename API Distribution
    2.2 Froyo 8 0.8%
    2.3.3 -
    2.3.7
    Gingerbread 10 14.9%
    4.0.3 -
    4.0.4
    Ice Cream Sandwich 15 12.3%
    4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 29.0%
    4.2.x 17 19.1%
    4.3 18 10.3%
    4.4 KitKat 19 13.6%

    KitKat nearly at 14%-chart.png

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    Default Re: KitKat nearly at 14%

    Good News Everyone!

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    Default Re: KitKat nearly at 14%

    72% are on JB or later 😀

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    Default Re: KitKat nearly at 14%

    Is this worldwide? Or US?

    Though, whenever I see these stats, the article often glosses over the single biggest reason why KK isn't much higher: the version of Android you are running on your phone is almost always out of Google's control. The only people getting their stuff from Google are Nexus device owners... everyone else has to wait for whomever made their device to get a release ready and then, in most cases, they have to wait on their carrier to accept the update, do their own fiddling with it, then push it out.

    If I was a betting man, I'd wager that there is a HUGE chunk of those ICS and JB devices where the ONLY reason they are not running KK is because someone sitting at Samsung, or Huwaei, Verizon or AT&T decided they were SOL.

    This kind of BS was why I got a Nexus 5.... not only can I get my stuff when it comes out, I don't have to deal with any carrier junk if I want to load something custom.... Any Verizon Wireless SIII owners who took that 4.3 JB update also got an encrypted bootloader along with it, so their completely chained to VZW.... Last I checked, VZW wasn't going to update them to KitKat.... so ALLLLLL those US customers who bought SIII's will be keeping those 4.3 numbers high until they can upgrade (starting end of this year)
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoRex View Post
    Is this worldwide? Or US?

    Though, whenever I see these stats, the article often glosses over the single biggest reason why KK isn't much higher: the version of Android you are running on your phone is almost always out of Google's control. The only people getting their stuff from Google are Nexus device owners... everyone else has to wait for whomever made their device to get a release ready and then, in most cases, they have to wait on their carrier to accept the update, do their own fiddling with it, then push it out.

    If I was a betting man, I'd wager that there is a HUGE chunk of those ICS and JB devices where the ONLY reason they are not running KK is because someone sitting at Samsung, or Huwaei, Verizon or AT&T decided they were SOL.

    This kind of BS was why I got a Nexus 5.... not only can I get my stuff when it comes out, I don't have to deal with any carrier junk if I want to load something custom.... Any Verizon Wireless SIII owners who took that 4.3 JB update also got an encrypted bootloader along with it, so their completely chained to VZW.... Last I checked, VZW wasn't going to update them to KitKat.... so ALLLLLL those US customers who bought SIII's will be keeping those 4.3 numbers high until they can upgrade (starting end of this year)
    Why are you going off on a rant on a good news thread?

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    Default Re: KitKat nearly at 14%

    I would have guessed worldwide for 2 reasons. One the link is straight from Google with no other links I could see And second, to give developers a breakdown as to how to build their app for the lowest API level.

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    Default Re: KitKat nearly at 14%

    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    I would have guessed worldwide for 2 reasons. One the link is straight from Google with no other links I could see And second, to give developers a breakdown as to how to build their app for the lowest API level.

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    Good point on the second part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A895 View Post
    Why are you going off on a rant on a good news thread?

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    Oh, that's not a rant... that's just me chatting. :-)

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    I point at Motorola and Samsung for getting that saturation up. Samsung for the GS3 (OK, I guess this one JUST released on some carriers), GN3 and higher getting KK already. Motorola for the X, G and E all getting KK already plus many of the recent/current Droid line getting it also.
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    I was only pointing to the fact that the the KK saturation is actually being artificially held back here in the US due to the carriers locking customers into their phones for the life of their contract... Sure, you can always pay full retail and get a new phone, but that price is often prohibitive. Those new plans, where the phone is broken out into a separate plan, are still new enough where there are still a large percentage of customers on the old style 'locked in' plans.

    I think this summer and fall will see HUGE gains in KK.... I'd like to see the numbers, but I would chance a guess that 2012 was a BIG year for smart phone penetration.... and all those new smartphone owners are looking at their renew dates coming up soon.

    I mean, compare the overall quality of phones out now, and compare them to two years ago.... back then, to get something good, you really had to go for the top end.. the mid-range was sorely lacking and the 'value' lines were junk. Now? You can get a damn good phone, outright and without being locked in, for $200.
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    Default Re: KitKat nearly at 14%

    No matter to me. Still happily using a version of Jelly Bean, that just works, on my Note 2, OG Note 10.1, and OG Nexus 7.

    IMO, since Jelly Bean there is little compelling reason anymore to anticipate newer versions of Android. Especially considering the negative changes toward SD cards in KitKat (of which I'll be looking to root to fix in future devices).

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