iOS 7 on 74% of iDevices as KitKat Android 4.4 hits 1.1%

iOS 7 on 74% of iDevices as KitKat Android 4.4 hits 1.1%Both Apple and Google have published OS distribution figures in the past few days, and they make for fairly predictable reading.

iOS 7 has now reached a whopping 74% of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, while the latest version of Android, KitKat, is miles behind on 1.1%.

Over on Apple’s Support Center thingy, we’re told almost three quarters of iDevices are rocking the newest version of iOS, followed by iOS 6 on 22%, and “Earlier” on 4%.

Those figures were measured by visits to the App Store over the seven-day period ending December 1.

Meanwhile, over on Android Developers, we’re told that the latest and greatest version appears on just one in every hundred devices. They’ll largely be Nexus devices, we imagine, though various other flagships are in line for an update in the coming weeks and months.

Interestingly, that means more Android owners are using 2010’s Froyo than KitKat. Amazing stuff.

The Android distribution figures for the seven-day period ending December 2 look like this:

  • Froyo (Android 2.2) – 1.6%
  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – 24.1%
  • Honeycomb (Android 3.2) – 0.1%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) – 18.6%
  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3) – 54.5%
  • KitKat (Android 4.4) – 1.1%

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6 comments

rash  Dec. 7, 2013 at 20:29

So there are 74.2% on Android 4. Same as iOS 7. Minor versions are exactly that, minor upgrades.

What a pointless article.

werty598  Dec. 8, 2013 at 00:16

So there are 74.2% on Android 4. Same as iOS 7. Minor versions are exactly that, minor upgrades.

What a pointless article.

what a total c0ckhead, if something has only just been released, surprise surprise not many people using it yet

lcurdie / MOD  Dec. 8, 2013 at 12:35

Sorry rash, but I can't accept you throwing Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat together. ICS was released in 2011. Are you saying Android hasn't changed in over two years?

And werty598, you know the argument is pretty much won when the other person starts throwing around random insults, but thanks for your incredibly constructive comment. Yes, iOS 7 has a 6-week head start, but if you think KitKat will hit 74% distribution come January, you're clearly unfamiliar with how these things play out. Jelly Bean, for example, hit 50% just as KitKat touched down.

Don't get me wrong; I take no pleasure in Android's fragmentation. It's merely a symptom of choice. And more importantly, it doesn't affect me in the slightest.

TJ Skywasher  Dec. 8, 2013 at 16:06

Is there a reason why Google don't push updates for Android centrally to all Android devices like Apple does with iOS. From what I understand updates are released through various carriers when they get round to it, unless you have a Nexus device. I'm just curious why they chose to do it that way.

IndianaBlues  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:48

Is there a reason why Google don't push updates for Android centrally to all Android devices like Apple does with iOS. From what I understand updates are released through various carriers when they get round to it, unless you have a Nexus device. I'm just curious why they chose to do it that way.

As Android is open, the manufacturers and networks can each add their own customisations, I imagine Google do push the latest versions centrally to the manufacturers, then it's up to them to add the customisations and then pass that to their carriers, who again take more time to customise. The alternative would be to have the manufacturer and carrier software stacks separate to the core OS, but then you'd probably run into compatibility issues rolling out new OS to devices running older manufacturer/carrier software.

Stelph  Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:07

Google did say a while back that they were working on making android "modular" so that although it was customisable, the "back end" could still be upgraded to the latest and greatest in a system that sounded like it would work well for consumers and manuacturers.

Unfortunalty since it was mentioned ive not really heard much more about this idea

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