Based on data made public by Google, it turns out that, for now, less than 0.1 percent of all Android handsets are running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system.
Lollipop was made widely available to consumers back in November 12th of this year. Since that time, carriers have been rolling out updates of the newest Android version to their respective subscribers, at their own pace and schedule.
The limited adoption of Android 5.0 Lollipop may not be that surprising, especially when you compare it to other software update releases. For instance, Windows Phone 8.1 took almost six months to get to about half of the market share mark. The same thing happened to the new iOS 8, which some experts think could have registered a better adoption rate among iOS users.
Still, there is some good news for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Most reports are indicating that the latest Android version is registering increased over-the-air updates, which means that its market share numbers should become higher in the coming few weeks or months.
The next question now is: what is the adoption ceiling for Android 5.0 Lollipop? The most widely used Android version right now is Android 4.4 KitKat. It currently enjoys nearly 34 percent market share. As for other Android versions, there are six that are commanding more than 7 percent market share. As for Lollipop, will it be able to replicate or surpass Android 4.4 KitKat's mark?
It might be worth it to examine how KitKat achieved its numbers. The first time that KitKat was released, it only managed 0.01 percent market share. A month followed and it grew to 1.11 percent. By the third month, it had bloomed to almost 3 percent. Based on KitKat's performance, one can say that getting to a decent market share really does take time.
And you have to remember that introducing a new version of a mobile operating system is never that easy. The update roll-out may vary depending on the device's make and model. Achieving consistency of performance, display, and functionality in different Android devices is definitely not a walk in the park.
And sometimes, users are just too slow (or too lazy) in updating their devices. As for Android 5.0 -- well, it may still be too early to worry about its modest adoption stats. In the next few months though, we will definitely find out if people are making the switch to Lollipop.
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