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Android Lollipop usage jumps

Android Lollipop usage jumps

Android Lollipop is now powering 9% of all Google-backed phones, with the latest edition of the operating system finally seeming to get some traction after launching last year.

Figures from Google, which cover the end of April and start of May, show a sharp month-on-month rise for Lollipop.

Just four weeks ago only 5% of Android users had Lollipop installed on their devices.

The surge appears to be down to the release of a string of high-end phones which use Android Lollipop: the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9 among them.

2013’s Android KitKat still dominates, but has dropped from 41.4% to 39.8%. That's a sizeable chunk.

It's also proof, if it were needed, that most users either don’t want to update their phones. Or are still waiting for fresh software due to tardiness on the part of manufacturers in bringing it to their handsets.

More worrying for Google is the fact that the three editions of its far older Android Jelly Bean OS can still be found on 39.2% of its phones.

If ever there was a sign that Android remains fragmented, that is surely it.

Lollipop usage is likely to jump further as more users opt for new phones and mid-range handsets gain the ability to play nice with the software.

But with a freshly baked edition of the OS likely to be seen in early form over the summer, it appears Google’s fragmentation issues are quite simply insurmountable.


Android Developers

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