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Lollipop set to overtake KitKat as dominant Android OS

Lollipop looks set to overtake KitKat as the most popular version of Android within the coming weeks. KitKat is still the most actively used Android mobile OS, with a 35.5 percent user base, according to Google's latest figures. However, Lollipop is edging closer, with versions 5.0 and 5.1 now on 34.1 percent of active Android devices.

androidpit Kitkat vs Marshmallow
It looks like KitKat is on the decline. / © ANDROIDPIT

Lollipop installs are up 1.5 percent from January, while KitKat has decreased by 0.6 percent. Marshmallow has increased to 1.2 percent. Jelly Bean, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich remain at 23.9, 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively. Froyo now sits at 0.1 percent.

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This data shows the latest Android user-base figures / © ANDROIDPIT

These trends indicate that KitKat is gradually going out of fashion. As new devices are released and KitKat users spill over into new versions of Android, Lollipop and Marshmallow would become the most used versions. If these trends continue, Froyo is likely to drop off the chart in Google's next report. 

Are you still a KitKat or Jelly Bean user and why haven't you switched? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • Still waiting for the update

  • I'm actually using a KitKat rom after trying marshmallow and lollipop and I kinda love it.

  • Even with Android's slow update system, it still has more customization, options and features than the iPhone. When iPhone users get an update, they don't get excited about it, because the OS and UI stays the same, controlled and limited as ever.

    • Hi Carmelo,
      I completely agree with you here. If Android simply pumped out OS updates that weren't important then there wouldn't be a lot to discuss. iOS users don't really pay too much attention to their updates unless there is a leak about a change that will impact them :)

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    Deactivated Account Feb 3, 2016 Link to comment

    Google allows only 1 level update like Kit Kat to lollipop not Kit Kat to Marshmallow. Software & hardware compatibility is the biggest issue. Google releases it's updates but it takes too much time to reach to the mass. Depends on the manufacturer whether they want to release updates for any specific device or not because nowadays manufacturers are releasing new device and upgraded device very frequently.

  • Kinda, saw this coming!