Google: 12.4% of Android devices now run some version of Lollipop

According to the latest Android fragmentation numbers provided by Google, Lollipop is now installed on 12.4% of all devices tracked by the company. Google collected this data from all Android devices accessing the Google Play app during a 7-day period ending on June 1, 2015. This is the first time when Lollipop passes the 10% mark.

Android 5.1, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system is installed on just 0.8% of all Android devices. With only a few exceptions, Nexus devices are the only ones currently rocking Android 5.1 Lollipop, although that's set to change over the course of the next couple of months. The 5.0 version of Lollipop, on the other hand, is much more popular, with a share of 11.6%.

Although its share has dropped over the past couple of months as more devices get updated to Lollipop, Android 4.4 KitKat remains the most popular Android version, with a 39.2% share of the Android pie. JellyBean, which is the name given to Android versions 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3, comes in second, with a share of 37.4%.

source: Google

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54 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

What about the entire nexus series?

51. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

That's about 0.8% of the market, but really only includes Nexus 5 and 6 units as far as I'm aware. I'm not sure Nexus 4 is still being supported with these updates.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i really wish google and other oems would be more like apple when it came to updating android phones.

3. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

LOL, you obviously know nothing about the process.

8. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Man, people on the internet love saying others know nothing.

44. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

You know nothing, Jon Snow

17. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

please enlighten me then what is it that i don't know.

20. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

"i really wish google and other oems would be more like apple when it came to updating android phones." Firstly, Google releases new versions of Android timely enough. It's up to the OEMs from that point. Unlike Apple Android OEM's have multiple versions of their many phones and it's not a one or two size fits all. Even if the OEMs from that point finish every last one of their phones, its up to the carrier!! See, Apple has fanboys who of Apple say jump off a cliff, they will. Where am I going with this? Apple has a really scary loyal fan base and Apple told carriers to hell with you adding crap to our phones. Android can't do that, why? It's open source and there isn't a thing we can do about it. So yeah Apple might be able to send off their updates all at once but its because they have a 1/2 size fits all kind of software and sadly.. Android doesn't. If you did know this then your comment was irrelevant and therefore you're criticizing something that can't change.

22. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i already knew all of that lol i'm pretty sure my first comment has an i wish in there somewhere. meaning that i know its never going to happen but i can hope cant i.

29. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Thanks for the detailed explanation why Android sucks. Android users hardly get updates what Apple users get with ease. That sucks whatever the reason.

43. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, the best programmer in the world has spoken.

45. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Bobby you know at the same time this explanation is Androids advantage over iOS too right?

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I will enlighten you, since Apple only has 5 models to update now (4s, 5, 5s, 6, and 6+). Two models are 32 bit, and 3 are 64 bit (but all ARM). The hardware has had some changes between each model, but since there isn't a lot of devices, then its much easier to update iOS. For Android you have hundreds of models every year that come to the market. Not to mention every kind or ARM CPU, as well as x86, and MIPS CPUs. Its because Android is an agnostic platform that it use any type of CPU, whereas Apple is not. Android can use every type of ram configuration, every type of cameras, displays, sensors, and so much more hardware that no one but Android has or can support. Things like laser sensors, pico projectors, VR, augment reality, IR, and the list is somewhat endless. Apple hurds its sheep to use what it thinks you will use. Where as Android is like here do, or try what ever you want.

38. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yes i know all of this already read my post #22

39. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Most low end phones are not going to get updated. Manufacturers are not going to use their resources to update cheap phones. It's a money losing proposition for them. The cheap phones represent a significant portion of that chart. Also, when Google releases an update it's for AOSP. Most manufacturers don't use AOSP. They take the code, manipulate it and create their own skin and that takes time. If you want an update right away get a Nexus device or you'll just have to wait for the custom version from your phone manufacturer (which is usually only for their high end devices). I hate when people whine when they know how the process works.

50. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you knew all that then why did you ask to be enlightened? Not to mention your first post is where you wish OEMs were more like Apple. Apple has just a few devices to herd its sheep, and you will conform to us. Where as Android is do what you want. Unless you were trolling, or ignorant on these matters, or maybe its a bit of both. Please stick to your 5s

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Android OEM don't update their older device that frequently because it does not serve their interest of selling more newer phone. Apple update their older device mandatory because it does help them sell more Apple devices. How? Apple control the entire platform eco-system while phone OEM does not. Apple may also restrict key software new feature to newer devices. Android OEM can't do that to Google Android Software. In fact updating their older phone bring about the entire Google software feature update to their old phone making customer feel less need to buy their newer Android phone. arch_angel, hope you get the point. Money is still the key factor, it always has been. Truth is I don't look forward to Apple software update because when it reach a stage when you can't update the device, the device will be struck with no new software entirely because Apple make sure developer only develop for newer device as developer must use their latest Xcode IDE in their development and App submission. Apple way of killing support for older device lay in its OS update.

42. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Apple updates make your device lag, crawl, stutter and crash more.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That would mean getting rid of a lot of features.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That would also mean crippling a lot of phones. I don't know about you, but I would rather have a functional phone instead of a version number bump with 0 new features.

18. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

how so?

41. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Manufacturers add their own features to Android. If they release stock Android for their devices those features would be lost.

53. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i don't want stock android.

10. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Honestly, I'd rather have OEMs that have inconsistent update policies than an Apple-like update policy that shoves malware to your devices so you upgrade to the newer iDevices. Most Android users who are jealous of Apple's timely updates have never had an Apple device. I'm telling you, Apple updates are malware. There's nothing to be jealous of.

19. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i have a 5s and it works perfectly fine. and i don't want android to have a tone of updates all the time i just want more consistent updates and for all the phones that can handle the update to get it. there are so many android phones that can run lollipop but they will never get it and thats just stupid.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And coming from a person who gets to tech androids all day, I can tell you right off the bat a handful of android updates that have screwed with the device. Especially the lollipop update where I get to tell people, sorry the update is now crashing your phone and you are getting .com errors, here is a master reset to go with your update. I exchange 2-3times more androids for software problems than on apple devices. On a daily basis.

49. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

true that

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm rocking 5.1 on my N6

5. ThePATRIOToverlord

Posts: 50; Member since: May 29, 2015

even jelly bean is better and has more features then iOS, with a lower crash rate as well. iOS is quite behind.. Apple is seriously behind in both hardware and software right now

6. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Youre so right.

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