It’s the same old story: new Android release is launched, updates take ages to roll out thanks to custom UIs and carrier shenanigans; by the time the latest version accounts for a significant portion of devices, the next new version is unleashed, and so the circle of life continues. Can you feel the love tonight?
Lollipop 5.0 has actually doubled its distribution in the past four weeks, but we’re still only talking, like, one in 30 users.
That’s the official word according to Android Developers, with stats and pie charts corresponding to Google Play store visits via the official app, for the 7-day period ending March 2, 2015.
Interestingly, it’s not just Lollipop that’s on the up; KitKat claims a slightly larger share than last month, too. Of course, we’re still seeing devices launch with KitKat and not the latest version of Android, even at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, including the nonetheless-impressive Acer Liquid Jade Z.
Anyway! Let’s take a look at the current Android distribution figures. I’ll stick last month’s numbers in brackets ‘cause I’m nice like that.
- Froyo – 0.4% (0.4%)
- Gingerbread – 6.9% (7.4%)
- Ice Cream Sandwich – 5.9% (6.4%)
- Jelly Bean – 42.6% (44.5%)
- KitKat – 40.9% (39.7%)
- Lollipop – 3.3% (1.6%)