Slow adoption rate for Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released for more than two months, but that does not necessarily mean many people are actually using it. If we take a look at Google`s new platform which provides distribution numbers, we will see that there are fewer people using it than it was expected.
Monthly, Google gathers data about the various Android devices that sign in into the Play Store. This data is set up into some tables and graphics on the developer`s dashboard in order to offer to the app makers a way to improve their method of targeting devices. The majority of active Android devices are represented by Jelly Bean with a number of 46%. This is followed closely by KItKat with 39.1%. Although, they can see in their charts the older version of Android 2.2 Froyo with 0.4% which was released in May 2010.
This new version of Android that functions on Google`s flagship devices represents a tiny part of the Android ecosystem when compared to a version released about five years ago. Maybe from the Google`s point of view this is not an ideal outcome, but the data does not lie. Google should get credit for offering this service for developers without any PR help. So, if we compare the all new Lollipop with KitKat`s release from the last year, KitKat was used on 1.1% of devices. This is ten times more than what Lollipop has now.
We can explain the absence of Android 5.0 with some things related to the data gathering. As an example, we can`t know for sure what is the real number of devices out there that use Android. It can be possible that there are more Lollipop phones and tablets than there were on KitKat this time last year. All the data we have is the fact that they represent less than 0.1% of the entire Android ecosystem.
The Nexus program really flourished this year. The Nexus 6 is an awesome phone if you can manage to find it, because after its release this device has been constantly out of stock! It was normal for Nexus phones to have a high request from the public, but it is obvious that Motorola and Google were not prepared for the outcome of this year. So, in other words, there are not enough Nexus devices and the limited updates of unlocked phones and tablets won`t do the job! Also, KitKat usage gas increased because this 4.4 Android is a version that can work well with slower devices.
Bottom line, the slow start of Lollipop is not quite a disaster and it does not represent some kind of user discontent. Lollipop is not at hand for everyone because it is delivered whenever an OTA is ready. Slow updates are the main cause of a potential downfall for Android. Even though the platform statistics are strange, it is not time to panic and question its reliability.