Lollipop Still On Fewer Than 1 in 5 Androids
Written by Janet Swift   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015

The latest chart of Android Versions shows that Lollipop has now achieved an 18% share of the Android pie with KitKat having the largest slice, with almost 40%.

Google published its latest stats for the week ending August 3rd after a two-month gap and the version that had shown the greatest change was Lollipop which had gone from 12.4% to 18.1% since the previous figures for the week ending June 1st.

 

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We last looked at the Android six months ago when Lolipop was included in the chart for the first time with just 1.6%. So its share has gone up by a factor of 10 in the interim. 

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Back at the beginning of February Jelly Bean had the largest share of 44.5% and KitKat came next with 39.7%. In the latest figures KitKat has the largest share - but it is a slightly smaller proportion of the whole at 39.3%. Jelly Bean has seen quite a drop - down to 33.6%.

Looking at the other versions, in six months Froyo has declined from 0.4% to 0.3%, Gingerbread has gone from 7.4% to 4.6% but it is still on more devices than Ice Cream Sandwich which has lost over a third of its previous users to end up with the next-to-lowest share of 4.1%. 

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It generally does take quite a while for the new version of Android to get adopted. The popularity of Jelly Bean inhibited the take up of KitKat and Lollipop suffered because its initial release was buggy and its full rollout didn't happen until January.

Maybe if Android M is delayed, which Mike James raised as a possibility when its third preview failed to appear on schedule last week, it will give Lollipop a better chance of gaining a decent following. 

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