Android Lollipop running on only 1.6% devices, almost three months after launch

Only 1.6 percent devices are running Android Lollipop, according to Google's own data. This is three months after Android Lollipop was officially released by Google in October.


Only 1.6 percent devices are running Android Lollipop, according to data released by Google. This is three months after Android Lollipop was officially released by Google in October and close to a year after it was showcased at the Google I/O Conference.

According to data on Google's Developer blogpost, while Android 4.4 KitKat is running on 39.7 percent devices, Jelly Bean is still the most dominant if you were to add all three versions of the OS. If you add Jelly Bean 1,2 and 3, it's currently running on 44.4 percent devices, which is a fairly high number given that this is an OS that is more than two years old. Gingerbread is also running on 7.4 percent devices, while Ice-Cream Sandwich is available on 6.4 percent devices.

For Google , this upgradation remains a constant problem. Last year we had noted how, by September 2014, KitKat had just managed to inch ahead of Jelly Bean with 24.5 percent of Android devices run KitKat, which was then the latest. However if one added all versions of Jelly Bean, this was still ahead of KitKat.

Android distribution

Android distribution

Google’s Android has always faced criticism that very often users were stuck on the older versions, since OEM’s don't launch updates on time. The problem has persisted with Lollipop given that only 1.6 percent users are on the OS. In contrast, Apple has seen iOS8 get installed on 69 percent devices, while only 28 percent are using iOS 7 and a mere 3 percent are using an earlier version of the OS.

While Google's Android might win praise over iOS for the variety of features it offers, the problems begin to show when you realise that only 1.6 percent users have managed to get access to these features. Hopefully Google will rectify this Lollipop paucity soon.


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