Lollipop runs on less than 0.1% of all Android devices, KitKat now powers 34% of them

Google is regularly sharing details on Android distribution numbers, so we’re almost always up to date with what versions of the OS are the most widely used. The latest numbers show that Android 4.4 KitKat was running on 33.9% of all devices that visited Google Play Store in the last week (November 24 - December 1). One month ago, KitKat was running on only 30.2% of devices.

Still, the most widespread version of Android remains Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3), as this can be found on 48.7% of devices. Many Jelly Bean devices won’t receive further updates, so we’ll be seeing this version remaining on top for quite some time from now on. Android Ice Cream Sandwich (7.8%), Android Gingerbread (9.1%) and Android Froyo (0.5%) are also mentioned in the latest numbers.

Google notes that all Android versions that run on less than 0.1% of devices aren’t included in the pie chart above - which means that Android 5.0 Lollipop has yet to make a significant impact. But that’s not really surprising, since Lollipop updates only started a few weeks ago, and most devices have yet to receive them. We’ll be keeping an eye on this and let you know how things evolve in the coming months.

source: Android via Droid-life



1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

This is why Apple disses Android. Of course, Jelly Bean already has more features than iOS ever will.

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is why I care about Moto devices. Other OEMs doesn't care about their low-mid range phones. But we can't blame google for not getting updates. It is mostly because of lazy nature or lets just say money sucking attitude of OEMs who want us to switch phones every year and carriers. And Microsoft's way is also good. They'll force their OEMs to update all existing devices. in their case it is more easier because there is just one OEM mainly Or none since Nokia is under their strings. But at least we receive updates.

24. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

of course,including all the lag and bug feature that will never get address

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

48.7% of Android devices run the OS that iOS 9 will be based off...

3. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Because Google material design look messy, unlike iOS, tidy and manly looking interface :)

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Google material design better than iOS UI in my opinion. iOS simply hammered down their existing UI nothing new about it but it does looks good. Google's UI has something unique(cards, papers , materials) it has enough depths but also remains simple/clean.

19. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I'm sorry but the material design indeed messy, notification and recent apps looks like widgets and it's confusing, I received numerous complaints and they demand to degrade to kitkat if possible. Everything looks boxy widgets and make your eyes dizzy

22. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well, everyone has their own likings. I really like material UI. In my opinion WP's UI is most innovative UI but its just my opinion and I know many who dislikes it. It is simple everyone has their own preference, tastes, styles, likes etc

34. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

So if you feel this way, what was your point with comment number five? Compared to comment number 22.

6. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

wow. I haven't heard anyone describe an OS "manly" before.

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lol yeah. When I first saw iPhone's new UI it looked like too childish then I kinda liked it. May be there is a small kid still lives in my heart. May be the whole thing he meant might be a sarcasm.

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Please don't say that IOS looks manly.. Its oddly translucent and looks like the result of a 1 graders computer project. Tidy... yah i guesssss.... but I think manly, a simplistic OS design to appeal to those with no imagination or sense of adventure is not what I had in mind.

9. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Bahahaha... faildude!!! iOS is for c**ts...

4. saadi

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

That's why Apple is afraid of Google and considers it its biggest rival...

10. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I'd gladly run it on my G3 if LG would get off their f**king arses and OTA it down to me.

26. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Stop being so f**king lazy and download it yourself.

12. menaV1

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

I regret switching to iPhone...gonna get me a Moto X in january hopefully

14. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013


13. Rager722 unregistered

Will Lollipop fix this issue? So Apple can shut up.

15. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Nope as long as samsung and lg releases 100+ a year.

16. Rager722 unregistered

Koreans man....

27. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

What about those millions upon millions of devices with MT-chips that can't even be upgraded?

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

My T-Mobile Galaxy Light is still stuck on 4.2, yet the MetroPCS Galaxy Light came out a month ago and has Kit Kat? WTF? T-Mobile has been getting its $h!t together for the last couple years, but I wish they'd get their s#i+ together with this damn phone. I don't care about Lollipop for this phone, unless Xposed ever works on 5.0, because I need Xposed to clean up the fugliness of TouchWiz.

18. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Lollipop is Android's Vista. After the upgrade, it's not only riddled with bugs, it's also much slower than KitKat, besides being butt ugly. Just who was the genius who thought that going from transparencies and 3D to solid colors and 2D was a good idea? Yet, moving from a mature and aggressively optimizing JIT, Dalvik, to a basic compiler, ART, is going to prove to be its death knell. Thanks, Google, for screwing up my 5 and making my 7 almost unusable... not!

20. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Lollipop interface isn't ugly, it just messy as everything look boxy widgets

32. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

A distinction without a difference.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Riddled with bugs? There are a few indeed, but what OS doesn't. And it is in no way slower than Kitkat. Everyone I heard about Lollipop says it's faster, including me. My Nexus 5 is faster than on Kitkat. And it's so butt ugly, it won an award for it and people demanding app devs are upgrading their apps to MD. Also calling Dalvik superior to ART is plain stupid.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Forgot one quote. "Moving from KitKat to Lollipop still provides you with a familiar Android experience, but it almost feels like getting a brand new phone in a way. There's a brand new UI, and big improvements to performance. But unlike the upgrade to iOS 7, Android Lollipop hasn't plagued my devices with application crashes and other bugs. In fact, I haven't really noticed any significant bugs at all after upgrading to Lollipop, which says a great deal about the work Google has put into testing to make sure things are stable." 

25. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Didn't read the of Lollipop, did you? Here's a couple of quotes from it: "I'm very impressed by the work Google has done to create an interface that looks and feels modern, simple, and beautiful. " "What's very exciting is that there's actually not much to say, as it can be summed up by saying that Lollipop is really the first time where basically everywhere on my Nexus 5 feels smooth, or "buttery" as it was supposed to be with Android Jellybean. " "I think what can be said is that overall, Android is pretty much at the same level as Windows Phone and iOS for animation smoothness and general performance. " "The performance increases are also greatly appreciated. Android hardware has advanced rapidly, and the move to a new application runtime is overdue, but warmly welcomed. The improvements it can bring to a device are actually amazing; it can feel like getting a brand new phone."

30. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Why would I care about a review when I myself can do it? My 5 used to be smooth, now, it lags and stutters. Apps that worked flawlessly before now freeze and crash, including chrome. And, as a compiler engineer who actually works on ART at a major mobile chip maker, I know what I'm talking about when I say that ART is still a work in progress and does less than Dalvik optimizing apps.

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