The last time Android Developers shared its distribution figures for the various versions of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Lollipop didn’t feature at all since it was below 0.1%. Ouch.
Fast-forward four weeks and Android Lollipop is finally significant enough to include in the familiar pie chart, but only the tiniest slither.
There’s some suspicion among the mobile blogging community about Lollipop’s supposed leap from less than 0.1% (the exact percentage wasn’t specified) to 1.6% in around one month.
Yeah, that's not a huge percentage, but it's a pretty big jump.
To put that another way, four weeks ago less than 1 in 1,000 Android phones was rocking Lollipop, but we’re now told it’s more like 1 in 62. Really? Really?
For what it’s worth, here are the latest Android distribution figures in full, collected during the 7-day period ending February 2:
- Froyo – 0.4%
- Gingerbread – 7.4%
- Ice Cream Sandwich – 6.4%
- Jelly Bean – 44.5% (Android 4.1 – 18.4%, Android 4.2 – 19.8%, Android 4.3 – 6.3%)
- KitKat – 39.7%
- Lollipop – 1.6%
Some might argue that very few people – beyond us mobile-obsessed nerds – actually care what version of Android they’re on, but bear in mind that KitKat is a prerequisite for free Microsoft Office for Android tablets, for example, so that immediately rules out almost 60% of users.
Lollipop has faced more than its fair share of problems, which explains – at least in part – why HTC missed its self-imposed February 1 deadline for One M8 and One M7 Lollipop.
Motorola, too, took some time to explain why Lollipop updates are taking so long.