The Android 5.0 (Lollipop) is installed on 21% of Android devices around the world. The latest version of the system is almost a year old and has been growing gradually, according to a report released by the company on Tuesday (8). In June it was present only in 12.4% of the devices. In July it rose to 18.1% and in August it crossed the 20% barrier.
Still, Lollipop still lags behind Android 4.4 (KitKat), which stands at 39.2% of phones and tablets, and also Jelly Bean, which still has 31.8%.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow, next version of system, will be released soon
The possible explanation for the delay in users joining the newer versions is that a large number of handsets continue to ship with the previous version of Android factory installed. And that hampers the proliferation of Lollipop.
Older versions of the system no longer represent such a large slice. Android Gingerbread is only 4.1%; Ice Cream Sandwich has 3.7% and “Jurassic” Froyo is only installed on 0.2% of Android devices.
Market division of various Android versions
With each published report we see more clearly that Android’s fragmentation problem is far from solved. The Android M (Marshmallow) is about to be released and the previous version, 5.0, not even reached a market share of room. Keep in mind that outdated operating systems can present vulnerabilities and become a gateway to viruses and hackers.