It has been three months since Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop but it still runs on less than 0.1 percent of all Android devices in the world, according to the latest numbers released by Google. Android KitKat, meanwhile, which was running on just 2.5 percent devices nine months ago, is now running on 39.1 percent devices, up over 5 percent from December’s 33.9 percent.
On the other hand, Android Jelly Bean, which was launched in 2012 continues to run on nearly half of all Android devices. Its dominance though is declining gradually, now running on 46.1 percent, down from 48.7 percent in November.
We do not see Lollipop stats even in January’s Android Dashboard announcement. It has been three months since the newest OS release, and the OTA rollout for most Nexus devices has been announced. Even the latest Nexus devices come with Android Lollipop out-of-the-box. Several Motorola handsets received the Lollipop update too. This lack of information is concerning, as Google mentions that it lists every version of Android which has over 0.1 percent of usage. This inadvertently means, that Lollipop has not managed to reach even 0.1 percent of all the Android smartphones out there.
As far as other versions are concerned, there are still 14.5 percent smartphones running on Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and Gingerbread. It is also interesting to note that 0.4 percent of Android users still have Froyo running on their devices.
The slow uptake of the latest Android versions should be worrying not just for Google but even users considering newer versions of Android don’t just come with new features but also many critical security patches. The problem could get worse with the rise of Chinese smartphone brands like Xiaomi and others that are using their own custom UI on top of Android and are in no hurry to update to the latest Android version.