Google: Android Lollipop is now installed on 23.5% of active devices

Yesterday Google published the updated Android Distribution numbers for October, stats that show which Android versions are the most popular among active devices. The numbers are compiled based on the Android devices that visited the Play Store in the seven days ending October 5th.

Since last month, Android Lollipop - the name given to the 5.0 and 5.1 versions of Google's mobile OS - rose slightly to 23.5% from 21% in terms of user adoption. All of the older Android versions dropped in popularity as devices got updated or owners upgraded to newer products. Considering that the original Lollipop version launched last year, these stats are a perfect example of Google's struggle to maintain a level playing field among Android devices.

4.3 Kit Kat remains the most popular Android version despite the fact that it lost 0.3 percentage points and now stands at 38.9%. JellyBean, which is the name given to versions 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 of Android, is up and running on 30.2% of devices. 

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now installed on 3.4% of active Android devices while Gingerbread (Android 2.3) runs on 3.8% of devices. Android 2.2 FroYo, an Android version that Google launched all the way back in May 2010, refuses to die and maintained its 0.2 percentage points in the popularity charts.

source: Google



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's pretty good for such widespread platform

13. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Really? Only 25 percent of devices run last year's OS after an entire year, how is that good? Google seriously needs to start forcing the oems to somehow get in line and update their phones within a month. Androids slow update game was excuse-able in 2010, but not anymore. But anyway I only buy Nexus phones, it's the Oem fanbois that suffer the most.

19. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

As much as I agree... It's also partially the Carriers fault.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its not all black n white like this tho. I remember my kids mother had a Nexus...and was delaying the update. Just because she didnt think she needed it. Now I think more current phones after awhile the update it done automatically after so may user delays, postponements. Like stated carriers also play a part. Specs might even play a part. Not really sure these days. I do agree it could be better.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? I could care less if I ever get an update or not. As long as my device continues to work with no serious issues, whenever an update comes; if it comes I am fine either way. Only idiots who can't sleep at night wondering when there device will ever be updated, are effected.

44. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow your fanboiness is greater than everyone else here, it's also results in you saying the most ridiculous things possible: you don't care if you get an update? So does that mean all of humanity now doesn't care? What if you phone doesn't work stable, the point here is how Androids don't get updated so good luck trying to get a fix. Step back and actually read the idiotic things you post.

45. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

And the version of Android doesn't mean nearly as much as it used to; Google's decoupling of the main applications and platform libraries from the O/S, moving them into the Play Store where updates bypass the carriers and manufacturers means half the upgrade features still roll out even when the phone itself doesn't update the dessert label. Froyo to Gingerbread, Gingerbread to ICS (via Cyanogenmod at the time) and ICS to Jelly Bean were all much greater upgrades than Jelly Bean to Kitkat, Kitkat to Lollipop and now Lollipop to Marshmallow have been.

48. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think you understand anything about these updates. The update from ICS to Jelly Bean to Kitkat was within the same number range and they stated it wasn't that major. Kitkat for that matter was a beta test for Lollipop which literally changed how Android worked internally from the ground up. In using RenderThread and removing redundant/excessive private method calls within public apis, they literally had to change the internal workings of the whole OS (hence why the bugs being so prevalent). M isn't a big update actually, it is a pretty much Lollipop's final version and after this the transition to the "new" Android should be complete. So think of ICS (4.0) to Marshmallow (6.0) being the same jump as GB (2.33) to ICS (4.0). ICS was a dramatic change under the hood of Android, the skin is always easy to change so that is irrelevant (unless you use iOS). Same thing with ICS to Lollipop, the under the hood changes were drastic, the skin change was easy enough.

58. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Yeah, the devs would be stupid if they targeted any higher than ICS for the same reason. The whole Android ecosystem is stuck with ICS which was released in 2011. And it won't change any time soon. Welcome to 2011, Android. And stay there forever.

63. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You always prove that stupidity is uncurable, you can stop now.

70. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iPhone for NOOBS! Be together, not the same!

75. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012


50. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

You have to take in consideration that is the totality of all adroid devices thats like millions of devices, a dare to say that that 25% of lollipop users stand for more active devices than iphones on the market righ now.

57. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

25% of lollipop activated devices is more than all iphones sales since 2007 combined.

18. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

It's a pretty big failure in my opinion. Barely adopted, full of bugs. Already jumping to 6.0.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Lollipop came out June 25th of 2014. It's over a year old knucklehead. Barely adopted and full of bugs? All operating systems are full of bugs. They are ALL a work in progress. Software is NEVER finished. The only major bug I am aware of is the memory issue. Whatever other bugs that may be present I am unaware because my devices that I bought with Lollipop on them have worked flawlessly from what I can tell. I hardly see it as a failure.

51. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Except Lollipop wasn't released until Nov 3 2014 when the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 went on sale, so no it's not quite one year old yet. Knucklehead. The bugs he's talking about include: - Terrible battery life. Many people who upgraded from 4.4.4 to 5.0 reported large drops in battery life. - Terrible lag with all keyboards, including the default Google keyboard. Swype was your only option. - Bluetooth connectivity issues. - App compatibility issues. Many apps just suddenly did not work anymore. These were just the bugs that myself personally experienced, I'm sure there were many more. The bugs weren't resolved until 5.1.1 came out nearly 9 months later. Lollipop was such a thumb in Google's eye that they're skipping to a whole new numbering scheme to distance themselves from it.

2. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Still stuck on gingerbread. samsung didnt even care to give me a Single update. :(

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Have you heard about Custom Roms?

26. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Yep have heard of it alot especially CyanogenMod. as there no official build supporting my phone i am not going risk it .

27. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Have you ever heard about people not wanting to resort to a custom rom and just simply have the ability to receive an update with potential headaches?

30. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Or maybe people having troubles with stock roms?

64. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Sure, why not.

5. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

What are you using to be stuck on Gingerbread? Maybe it's time to upgrade that dinosaur...

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

He likes vintage style I think

15. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I cant imagine still using a phone that old.... It probably runs like a snail by now...

25. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

with the 300MB internal storage i can only install 4 or 5 apps. opera mini ,uc browser ,truecaller ,xender and atorrent . with these the phone gives me a moderate usability. soon i will buy a high phone .till then i have to stick with this ;)

39. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

For the price of current low end phones these days, a decent low end Android or Windows phone, there is almost no reason that one should be suffering with Gingerbread still...

54. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

The cheapest "fast" phone I can think of is the Moto E, which is $150. Not everybody has $150 to spend on a new phone though. So that leaves them to the $50-$100 prepaid Android phones that they choose from prepaid carriers that lock them down to their service.

56. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

First gen Moto G can be had for something like $40 or less....

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.