Only 0.1% of users have received Android Lollipop update, whereas KitKat dominates with a 40% share

Even though Google launched Android 5.0 Lollipop over 2 months ago, there are less than 0.1% of Android devices which have received the update.

Even though Google launched Android 5.0 Lollipop over 2 months ago, there are less than 0.1% of Android devices which have received the update.

On the contrary, Android KitKat still has control over most Android devices, leaving Google's ambitious Android Lollipop to a mere few. ZDNet pointed out that, according to Google's latest Google Play Store results for early January 2015, less than 0.1 percent of all Android devices were using Lollipop. By comparison, the last major Android release 4.4, KitKat, reached 1.1 percent of its audience in its first month out.


Image: Google Developers

The above chart presented by Google explains how almost 'nobody' is using Android 5.0 Lollipop. It seems like the company hasn't made any significant efforts to bring their new platform to users globally.

Android KitKat and JellyBean clearly dominated the Android market. Many JellyBean users have backed out from updating their devices as they are very comfortable with the version. Almost 46% of users still use JellyBean, though it is spread out on different updated versions of the same name. Even though Android Lollipop has many new features which aren't spotted on KitKat, almost 40% of users are still loyal to this version.

Business Insider said that as Google gives third parties like hardware makers and carriers lots of leeway on what they can do with the platform, it's difficult to roll out new updates since each new software edition must pass through so many different channels, before it reaches the end user.

As of now, the update for Android Lollipop has been released to Nexus 9, Nexus 5,  Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) devices, few Motorola devices and most of Sony Xperia devices. HTC had confirmed that it would be rolling out the Android L update within 90 days of receiving the final software from Google. LG G3 and OnePlus One have also received the update. As of now, Samsung devices which dominate most of the Android market hasn't received the update to all their phones.

A detailed list of the devices to receive the Android Lollipop update are mentioned here.

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