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Android KitKat accounts for 34 percent of all Google Play traffic

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Fresh data from Google reveals that Jelly Bean still is the most popular Android version, closely followed by KitKat.

As more and more devices get their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, KitKat and Jelly Bean still appear to dominate the market. Google gathered data for a 7-day period ending yesterday, and the statistics show the percentage of devices that were used to access the latest Google Play store app, which requires Android version 2.2 Froyo or later.

While the statistics do not show older devices, Google claims that smartphones and tablets loaded with Android versions older than 2.2 accounted for about 1 percent of devices that checked in to Google servers back in August 2013. These are the latest numbers reported by Google:

  • 2.2 Froyo - 0.5 percent
  • 2.3 Gingerbread - 9.1 percent
  • 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - 7.8 percent
  • 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Jelly Bean - 21.3, 20.4, 7 percent
  • 4.4 KitKat - 33.9 percent

The statistics that show screen sizes and resolution of devices that accessed Google Play reveal that most of them use normal size screens (around 4 inches) with high density (hdpi, ~240 dpi) and extra-high density (xhdpi, ~320 dpi). These devices account for 36.9 percent (hdpi) and 18.8 percent (xhdpi) of the entire traffic monitored by Google during the given period.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-12- 2 (Update: 2014-12- 2)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.