Android 4.4 KitKat is now on 13 percent of all Android devices that went to the Google Play store during a seven-day period that ended last Wednesday, Google has said.
“This data reflects devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and higher. Each snapshot of data represents all the devices that visited the Google Play Store in the prior 7 days,” reads the Android developer site.
However, Jelly Bean (4.1x to 4.3) has 58.4 percent of the Android device share. The number is down slightly since last month. Android Gingerbread (2.3.3 – 2.3.7) is at 14.9 percent.
One of the main criticisms against Android is that it’s more difficult to upgrade the OS than Apple’s iOS.
During the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, CEO Tim Cook, took a shot at Android over the issue.
He said 98 percent of Apple users are using iOS 7 but only a small percentage of Android users are using the latest KitKat OS release, according to BusinessInsider.com.
“Some are on [Android] from four years ago — that’s like ancient history!” Cook said.
“Less than 1 out of 10 of their customers are on their latest versions,” Cook added. “That means these customers are not getting great new features. They’re not able to run the latest apps, and they’re not getting security updates they need to stay safe.”
A few days ago, Android began to roll out its 4.4.3 KitKat upgrade to Google and Motorola devices.
The latest upgrade doesn’t offer any new features but has an improved dialer with a new interface. The main goal, however, is to fix errors, security issues, and make the OS more stable.