Android KitKat has been available for a few months now, but it has only started growing in use, thanks to the HTC One and Galaxy S5 finally getting released worldwide and Samsung and Motorola updating their flagships to 4.4 recently.
The growth is not huge, but at 8.5 percent it is pretty decent and shows KitKat will not be another Jelly Bean 4.3, which peaked at the same percentage of users, 8.5 percent, this month.
Android’s biggest version right now is Jelly Bean 4.1 at 33 percent market share, Jelly Bean 4.2 comes afterwards with 18 percent, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich finish it out at 16 and 13 percent respectively.
Jelly Bean 4.1 is now on 1/3 of all Android devices, something we are sure Google is looking to lower in the next few years. Gingerbread gave iOS fans room to hit on fragmentation issues and we are sure Google doesn’t want a repeat of 2012.
KitKat offers a good amount of new features, including a immersion mode for apps, Ok, Google wherever you are on the phone, new dialler and music UI and new optimisation on the platform, allowing phones with only 512MB of RAM to work smoothly.
The next update from Google will reportedly bring more of the Web to Android. Named Project Hera, Google is looking to add Webpages onto multitasking, have HTML5 features built into the system and support more cross-platform functions.
Not all is clear about the update, but it looks like Google wants a full UI change, moving to a more Web based responsive look on apps. This is a different turn for Google, who have been building native apps and plugins for the past few years on Android.
Android Wear will also be coming this year, splitting the platform from mobile to wearable. Google already has two confirmed devices for launch in Summer, from LG and Motorola.