Android 4.4 KitKat has evolved modestly over the past few months, but its small steps are becoming strides, as it approaches a 10% share of the ecosystem. The OS had 1.8% share in February, then 2.5% in March and 5.3% in April.
Now, in early May it has 8.5% and that figure applies to the 7 day period ending on May 1st, according to the latest survey. During that time, Android 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean had 60.8%, a drop from the 61.4% share of April and Android 4.0 ICS fell from 14.3% to 13.4%. Honeycomb floats around like a ghost, with the same 0.1%, while Gingerbread dropped from 17.8% to 16.2%.
Android 2.2 Froyo also registered a slight decrease, from 1.1% to 1% in May. The reason for KitKat’s increase is the slew of new devices launched with this OS preinstalled, like Samsung’s tablets, the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Xperia Z2 and other such hits. I’m guessing that Android 4.4 will be at about 15% when the new Android release is announced.