Google has published the latest statistics related to the fragmentation of Google’s mobile OS Android, which reveal an increase in the latest release KitKat (1.4%), debuted in late October along with the Nexus 5.

The adoption rate seems below the expectations. Even though, it should be noted that the data was collected between January 2 and 8 last week through the new Google Play Store app.

According to the stats, the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat grew slightly to 1.4% from 1.1% last month, and the biggest slice of the pie goes once again to Jelly Bean, which reaches 59.1% (35.9% of 4.1.x, 15.4% of 4.2.x and 7.8% of v4.3), thus accounting a rise of 4.6% compared to December.

Meanwhile, both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich have dropped to 16.9% (-1.7%) and 21.2% (-2.9%), respectively.

Android-Fragmentation Jan 2014

Honeycomb (released for tablets only) is stable at 0.1%, and the last slice of the chart is occupied by the most dated, Froyo, is still covering 1.3% (-0.3%) of the devices.

We will see significant growth in next few months when many of giant manufacturers like Samsung and HTC will be rolling out the official KitKat update for their smartphones, available for Nexus line-up only.

So one major problem to the fragmentation of Android ecosystem still remains, despite the efforts made by the Mountain View in the search for a practical solution.

Will Android OS ever head to technically less-fragmented way in the future? Share your thoughts in comments.