Android 4.4 KitKat Still Popular; But Android 5.0 Lollipop Has Small Adoption in March

The Android 4.x Jelly Bean is Google’s most popular OS, according to a monthly report from Google. Android 4.4 KitKat comes in at second place.

Android 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 Jelly Bean had 42.6 of the overall share.

KitKat is on about 40 percent of Android smartphones, while Lollipop remains more elusive. Only 3.3 percent of Android users have Lollipop, which is the Android 5.0 and above.

However, Lollipop doubled its overall share from February to March.

As Google notes, “Data collected during a 7-day period ending on March 2, 2015. Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown.”

According to VentureBeat.com, here’s the changes between February and March 2015:

Android 5.0 Lollipop (November 2014): Up 1.7 points to 3.3 percent

Android 4.4 KitKat (October 2013): Up 1.2 points to 40.9 percent

Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean (July 2012, November 2012, and July 2013): Down 1.9 points to 42.6 percent

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (December 2011): Down 0.5 points to 5.9 percent

Android 2.3 Gingerbread (February 2011): Down 0.5 points to 6.9 percent

Android 2.2 Froyo (May 2010): Unchanged at 0.4 percent

And, according to 9to5Google.com, “As always, Android distribution data is collected by tracking which versions of Android visit the Google Play Store most often during a 7-day testing period at the end of every month. For this reason, the data does not include information running anything lower than Android 2.2, as they do not support the latest Play Store app.”

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