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98% of Android users losing out on Lollipop: here are the shocking figures

The latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android Lollipop, first appeared on November 3 with the release of the Nexus 9 tablet. It's now three months later, and in that time it has managed to make its way to only 1.6 percent of devices.

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Android Lollipop adoption has been slow, to say the least / © ANDROIDPIT

The latest pie-chart from the Android Developers Dashboards page now includes Android 5.0 Lollipop (unlike last month's version of the chart, where it hadn't even reached enough devices to register). 

Interestingly, there are four times as many devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and almost five times as many still running Android Gingerbread, which first arrived in early 2011.

How does Apple compare? iOS 7 was running on about 52 percent of devices one week after release, iOS 8 was running on around 46 percent, again one week after release. It must be pointed out, of course, that iOS is a unified experience; there are not multiple manufacturers creating skinned versions of Android (such as Touchwiz, Sense, Optimus, Xperia etc). This significantly slows down the installation of Google's updates. 

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A breakdown of the current Android software distribution between devices. / © Android Developers

So why does Android software take so long to come to handsets? Look out for our article on the subject in the coming days where we will explore this topic.

Have you been lucky enough to get Android Lollipop on your handset? Is it even worth the upgrade? Or are you quite happy with Gingerbread? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • Could the reason why the uptake on Lollipop be ALSO the fact that my carrier was bought over. In the Republic of Ireland, O2 Ireland was bought over by Three. Could this be the reason, why its slow O2 Three users? or O2, whichever you're having yourself. haha

  • I did have lollipop on my LG G Pro, but I missed using Xposed and V4A, so I went back to KK which is just as good.

  • I want Lollipop for my Moto X XT1052 first generation... I just tired about waiting for it. I also have the same question When Will I Get Update...

  • Running 5.0.1 on Nexus 5...overall I am loving it but the little bugs are becoming really annoying...especially the WiFi issue. Really looking forward to 5.0.2 resolving these issues.

  • Running stock 5.0.1 on Nexus 4 and i am pretty impressed. Works very fast, 3d graphics are faster than kitkat... I love material design ... What else to say ... :D

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