It appears that Android 4.4 KitKat is still prevalently used among Android-running mobile devices. Through its latest Android Developers Dashboard post, Google announced that Android 4.4 KitKat currently enjoys a 39.1 percent market share.
Released in October 2013, Android KitKat has been steadily rising in popularity. A month ago, its market share was 33.9 percent; two months ago it was 30.2 percent; and last September, it was 25 percent. As anyone can see, Android KitKat has obviously not reached its peak yet.
This should be welcome news for those who want KitKat in their mobile devices. But wait -- what about the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, the Android 5.0 Lollipop?
Lollipop, it turned out, never even appeared on the latest Android Developers Dashboard post. According to the site, any version with less than 0.1 percent market share are not displayed. Does this mean that Lollipop failed even to exceed 0.1 percent market share? Yikes.
It goes without saying that KitKat fared much better when it first came out. During its first month, KitKat managed to get 1.1 percent market share. As for Lollipop, it has been two months now (the latest Android version was released November 3rd last year) -- shouldn't this version be breaking beyond 1 percent market share already?
So what gives? Perhaps there just are not enough devices right now that run on Lollipop. Sure, some phone makers have already updated their devices. LG and Motorola are prime examples. Google has also deployed Lollipop to its latest Nexus devices. But for other smartphones out there, Lollipop has been slow in reaching them. Samsung has not yet upgraded its devices in the US; so is Sony whose Xperia devices are still waiting to get updated.
The greatest factor in Lollipop's slow adoption may be the setup of the whole Android operating system distribution. Before the latest Android can reach consumers, every phone maker must first test (and even customize) the system before initiating a wide roll-out. Then it goes through another layer -- the wireless carriers, who must also certify the system. And you have to remember that this can not just happen overnight, from one country to another, from one region to the next. The result is that before a particular version has reached its mass audience, another new version has already been released, which is what is likely happening with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Interestingly, the leading Android version is still Android Jelly Bean with a 46 percent market share (down from 48.7 percent last month). Even older versions like Ice Cream Sandwich (6.7 percent market share) and Gingerbread (7.8 percent market share) are still present on the rankings.
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