Three months since Google launched Android 5.0 (Lollipop, as it’s known), it’s running on less than 2% of devices, according to new data released on the Android developer website.
Android Lollipop is a fantastic operating system for smartphones and tablets, and has generally received very favourable reviews. It excels on Google devices such as the Nexus 6, and brings the whole operating system bang up to date with hundreds of great new features.
Android Lollipop by the numbers
But Google has just updated its official usage chart statistics, which shows the percentage of each version of Android running on devices today. But the numbers for Lollipop are distinctly unimpressive, as it has only managed to achieve a paltry 1.6% of activations to date.
The only version with less share is Android 2.2 (called Froyo), which is the oldest version still tracked by Google. The huge majority of devices are running Android Jelly Bean (which covers Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3), with a huge 44.5%, followed by Android 4.4 (called KitKat) with 39.7%.
There is clearly a lot of work to be done in terms of upgrading users and rolling out updates directly from the Google Play store, rather than waiting for handset manufacturers to get their acts together and release updates. Many people who buy an Android smartphone or tablet rarely receive updates, a problem that Google has being trying hard to resolve.
Why should you care if you don’t have the latest update? Security, for a start, as security issues and bugs are routinely fixed on the latest version of Android. Furthermore, if you want all the latest and greatest features, it makes sense to upgrade to the most recent edition. Having more users on newer versions also makes it easier for developers, as they can create apps and games targeting the best and newest features, rather than having to support lots of older versions of the operating system.
Hopefully over the next few months, Google and the phone manufacturers will be doing even more to roll out Android Lollipop to more users.