If you’ve been following the Android update scene for the past few years, this one will come as no surprise: The latest version <insert name> is rolling out incredibly slowly, and it’s been delayed for certain devices.
Specifically, Lollipop 5.0 officially appears on less than 0.1% (one in a thousand) Android devices, while owners of the HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play Edition handsets will have to wait a little longer than expected.
The latest Android distribution figures are provided – as ever – by developer.android.com, and here we’re looking at the 7-day period ending December 1, 2014.
Embarrassingly, Android Lollipop isn’t even a factor, with the guys explaining: “Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown.” Ouch.
KitKat (Android 4.4) remains on a healthy 33.9%, while Jelly Bean (Android 4.1-4.3) is still the most popular version of Google’s mobile OS, with 48.7% share. Almost 1 in 10 active Android phones is rocking four-year-old Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
Meanwhile, owners of the HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play Edition have suffered a second setback. They were originally expecting to receive Lollipop 5.0 by the end of November, but more recently December 1 was the date promised.
Alas, according to HTC Product Manager Mo Versi, Google’s “current workload” has prevented approval of the Lollipop update. Interestingly, that tweet has now disappeared (did Mo get his wrists slapped, perhaps?), but not before it was documented by PhoneArena.
Wondering when you should expect a taste of 5.0? Check out Android Lollipop 5.0: when will my phone be updated?