By all accounts, Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, is well-reviewed by both industry experts and casual Android users alike. The only problem: nobody seems to be using it. Well, not yet, at least.
Google has recently updated its charts detailing the usage shares of every Android OS version still being used, and the latest numbers are not that mind-blowing, at least for fans of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
As of latest count, Lollipop's share is just 1.6 percent, and it has already been three months since it was first launched. The only Android version that managed to score a lesser share than Lollipop is Android 2.2 Froyo. Incidentally, that is also the oldest Android version currently being tracked by Google right now. So, yes, Lollipop is only marginally being used more than an Android dinosaur.
Well, which versions are being used the most? Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean is the clear winner with 44.5 percent share. Jelly Bean is followed by Android 4.4 KitKat, which managed a not-too-bad 39.7 percent share.
The most obvious question now is: why is Android Lollipop having a rather slow adoption rate. As always, the answer depends on a number of factors. Perhaps the biggest one is that there just aren't that many devices yet that got the Lollipop updates.
Sure, Android Lollipop debuted with the new Google Nexus devices, and the early updates that phone makers such as LG, Motorola, and HTC rolled out helped in giving the latest Android version some attention. But the fact remains that there is still a very limited number of Android devices today that have been prepped to run on Android Lollipop.
It certainly does not help that many users are still quite content with using earlier Android OS versions, especially Android KitKat and even the earlier Android Jelly Bean.
But wait -- is 1.6 percent share in three months really that bad? Last year, in its first three months, Android KitKat managed 1.8 percent, which is not that dissimilar from Android Lollipop's current percentage figures.
And even though 1.6 percent of the total pie may appear very small, we are talking about billions of active users of Android devices here. Just 1.6 percent of that total number is still very, very high.
And despite its slow initial numbers, it is possible that Android Lollipop could leapfrog in the next few months as more and more devices get their Android updates.
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