Lollipop (Android 5.0, 5.1) is now installed on 18.1% of Android devices

Lollipop (Android 5.0, 5.1) is now installed on 18.1% of Android devices
It's a new month, and you know what that means. The latest distribution numbers for Android's different builds are now in. With 15.5% of Android devices running on Android 5.0, and 2.6% equipped with Android 5.1, the Lollipop build of Google's open source OS can be found on 18.1% of Android flavored devices. That is a gain of 5.7 percentage points from last month. The percentage of Android devices powered by Android 4.4 KitKat actually rose by the smallest of margins, .1 percentage point from the last report, to 39.3%.

After KitKat, Android 4.1-Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was next with 33.6% of Android devices. With Lollipop third, Gingerbread was fourth. Covering Android 2.3.3 to Android 2.3.7, the build is still driving 4.6% of phones and tablets running on the platform. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3-Android 4.0.4, 4.1%) and Froyo (Android 2.2, .3%) round out the remaining builds.

The data comes from visitors to the Google Play Store over a seven-day period ended today. By the way, to show you how many years some of the older builds have been around, consider that more than five years ago, we were talking about a Froyo soak test for the Motorola DROID. That update allowed Android owners to see Flash animation when using the browser, which was a big deal at the time.

The next month should see Lollipop take some more share away from KitKat as more phones are updated, and newer models come with Android 5.1 right out of the box.

source: Android via MobileSyrup



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll be installed on my new device after the 13th.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Lollipoop = Windows 8 Even though 2 of my devices are Lollipoop-ready, I think I'll stay with KitKat for quite a while

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

More like Vista.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Thank you are your usual trolling comments. At least we can always count on that to be consistent.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Unless you have a real comeback to my comment instead of your usual garbage then you can just shut up kid.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lollipop, iOS 8, 10.10 Yosemite, Windows 8 = new Vista M, iOS 9, Mac 10.11 El Capitan, Windows 10 = new Windows 7/XP All the recent OSes have had many problems Luckily, the new/upcoming OSes have fixed those problems

14. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Um NO.. How can Android M and Windows 10 even be on the Windows 7/XP level if they haven't even been around for a year or even released?! JellyBean is like Windows 7, KitKat/Lollipop is like Windows 8/8.1.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I was referring to their problems/bugs/reception Not their age or market share BTW KitKat (39.3%) has a larger market share than JellyBean(13+15.9+4.7=33.6)

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

All my personal Android devices are lollipop. I don't face any problem yet. Only heard bad report about it. That being said I don't think present hardware would benefit much from lollipop upgrade much like the situation of iOS 8. Both are building the ground work for future proofing. To support better and more powerful hardware that give enhancement to things like graphic, security and hardware abstraction.

12. discharge unregistered

Exactly kit kat was the best ever lollipop sucks

4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Just recently I saw a brand named Fly Mobile, and they're selling a Gingerbread 2.3 powered smartphone and boy Iaughed way harder than I should lol! Aside from the name, the fact that they used a very obsolete version made me laugh and boggled at the same time

5. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Though I do like the look of Lollipop and have installed it on all my devices. I do feel that Kit Kat is more stable and faster in some occasions. Looking forward to Android M.

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

For me, it's not always the OS to be blamed, when I installed Lollipop, the lags I notice are from the apps, yet slowly but surely they became faster and faster as they started adapting to the OS, overall I'm quite satisfied with how Lollipop works

9. foster426

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

I updated my S3 from 4.4 to Lollipop 5.1.1 Stock android is where its at. So crisp and clean and fast.

10. Tizo101

Posts: 541; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I'm okay with kit kat... gonna update by buying a new phone even though I have updates waiting.

11. discharge unregistered

After 6 years of a diehard android user lollipop drew me away from android this was by first the worst OS ever!!! And I dogged apple for years and had to switch until OS can prove better!! Until nice change to IOS

16. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

It has seen a decent growth but it's has a long way to go, I mean it still not at 1/4 of the installed base. When it reaches at a least 25% then it will be news.

18. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Yes, more and more people are getting s**t installed in their devices.

19. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

i will go back to kitkat today on m8 m8. i always do, and i see that notification to upgrade and i can't resist, and after a few days the device becomes slow. but in kitkat is the smoothest device i ever used.

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