Rival Apple is sitting at 85% with iOS 7

Android 4.4 KitKat launched at the end of October 2013, but Google’s latest mobile operating system still represents a small fraction of the overall Android install base.
When we last reported on KitKat’s market share performance in mid-January, it stood at just 1.4 percent compared to 54.5 percent for Jelly Bean (the most frequently installed version of Android). The latest figures (as of April 1) show that KitKat has seen a steady increase in adoption, and now stands at 5.3 percent. Jelly Bean, interestingly enough, actually jumped to 61.4 percent since the last time we reported on market share numbers.

Google, however, is looking to cure these fragmentation woes by requiring that OEMs provide a recent version of Android on their new devices or lose access to Google Mobile Services (Gmail, YouTube, Google Play, Maps, etc.).

API Version GMS approval window open (AOSP release date) GMS approval window close
Gingerbread 6-Dec-2010 1-Feb-2014
Honeycomb 24-Feb-2011 1-Feb-2014
Ice Cream Sandwich 16-Dec-2011 1-Feb-2014
4.1 (API level 16) 12-Jul-2012 1-Feb-2014
4.2 (API level 17) 13-Nov-2012 24-Apr-2014
4.3 (API level 18) 25-July-2013 31-Jul-2014
4.4 (API level 19) 31-Oct-2013 TBA with API level 20 release

Device makers will only be able to certify new devices running Jelly Bean until July 31; after that date, all devices seeking certification from Google must run KitKat in order to receive a license for Google Mobile Services.
Perennial rival Apple has seen much greater success in getting its mobile devices upgraded the latest versions of iOS. According to Apple (as of March 23), 85 percent of all iOS devices are running iOS 7.

Sources: Google, Apple

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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