Lollipop debuts on the distribution charts with 1.6% of Android users; KitKat still on top


The latest Android distribution figures have been released. Based on data compiled from all Android devices that visited the Google Play Store over the last seven days, 1.6% of active Android devices are using the latest and greatest Android 5.0 build. This is the first appearance of Lollipop on the Android distribution statistics. Android 4.4 leads the way with 39.7% of Android users. That was up from the 39.1% that KitKat garnered last month.

Technically, all three builds of Jelly Bean together are currently used by 44.5% of active Android devices. But when broken down individually, no single Jelly Bean build runs more than 19.8% of the Android population. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3-2.3.7) still powers 7.4% of Android handsets.

We should see more Android devices running Android 5.0 in the months ahead, especially as more Android models are updated to the new build. Since most of the models eligible to receive Lollipop are those currently running KitKat, we would expect to see that build's percentage decline over time. And as more new models come out of the box with Android 5.0, those with older Android devices running Jelly Bean will be looking to replace their current handset with a new Lollipop powered phone..

Let's face it. If you haven't replaced your Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich powered phone by now, chances are that you are waiting for it to just flat-out die before upgrading to a new handset.

source: AndroidDevelopers via DroidLife

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11 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For comparison 2014http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/android-distribution-january.jpg KitKat was at 1.8% for this month last year Now KitKat is ~40%, not bad, though not that great either, an improvement from the previous year And 2013http://i2.wp.com/cdn.bgr.com/2013/02/screen-shot-2013-02-05-at-4-32-15-pm.png

2. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

i Got an notification of Android lollipop 5.0.2 but still stuck on kitkat 4.4.4 bcoz lollipop have some bugs i hope it will be solved in next firmware i. e 5.0.3 .. i m using moto g ist gen x1033

3. NuRay

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

Yeah, that memory leak problem has to get fixed ASAP. I think Kitkat is the most stable android as for now. Can't recommend anyone to update on any device.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google have found the problem causing the memory leak Its the new screen off animations For some odd reason the shaders used are saved, and dont get deleted, so they build up overtime Many custom ROMs and OEMs have builds of Lollipop without the memory leak E.g. my brother's Moto G (2013) doesn't have the memory leak since Moto are using the older screen off animation I'd imagine 5.0.3 is due quite soon Unless if the 5.1 rumors are true, in which 5.1 is supposedly coming at the end of the month But still no xposed for Lollipop

4. NuRay

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

Yeah, that memory leak problem has to get fixed ASAP. I think Kitkat is the most stable android as for now. Can't recommend anyone to update on any device.

5. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Updated my Nexus 5 and I'm now getting at least 3 random reboots a day. Even when it's in standby.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Kitkat is more stable than Lollipop.

8. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This is why with any update or new product you wait to see if there are any kinks to be ironed out thanks to the early adopters (I'm one to an extent).

9. FlyingDutch

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

Not even half of the 1.6% is 64-bit, and that's exactly the reason why there isn't a single 64-bit app for the Nexus9.

10. bendgate unregistered

Fakelee Jakelee. And that limited cycon.... whatever troll.

11. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

actually it's jellybean on top. from the pie chart

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