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Google reveals slow Android 5.0 Lollipop adoption

Posted: 06 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android 5.0? Lollipop? bugs? smartphones?

Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop has yet to hit the smartphone market. Major bugs could be one of the reasons for the slow rollout.

The latest report from Google indicates Android Lollipop represents just 1.6 per cent of devices accessing the Google Play Store for apps, games and other content. Manufacturers have had Lollipop in their hands for three full months. Here's where Android 5.0 stands.

Google provides data about Android versions every two weeks or so. The data it released on February 2 is the first time Android 5.0 Lollipop registered on the scale at all. Its very small slice of the pie is due to its limited distribution. For starters, only the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet ship with Lollipop preinstalled. Further, only a handful of phone makers have pushed the update out their respective lineups.

For example, Motorolaformerly owned by Googlehas updated its 2014 Moto X and Moto G smartphones to Android 5.0. Similarly, Google pushed Lollipop to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 handsets, as well as the Nexus 7 tablet. Samsung rolled Lollipop out to the Galaxy S5, but in a limited number of markets. Verizon Wireless is the first to push Lollipop to the GS5 in the United States. LG has distributed Lollipop to its G3 flagship device, but again only in a few markets. Sony has promised that all its Xperia Z devices will see Lollipop at some point, but has yet to deliver.

HTC? Well, they're working on it.

HTC generally delivers updated operating systems within 90 days of the platform's release. Late last week, however, the company said things aren't going as smoothly as hoped. "We've been working hard in the labs with Google and our carrier partners ever since the code release and are making great progress so far, but if you've been following the progress of this rollout you will know that Google has had to address several issues with this release. We've been diligently working to fix some of them on our end and incorporating Google's fixes as quickly as possible, but despite everyone's best efforts some carrier versions of the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) will not meet our 90-day goal."

That's a polite way of saying the code is still pretty buggyas most anyone running Lollipop will tell you. It's clear that Android 5.0 has some time left to cook and smartphone makers are taking the time to line up all their 1s and 0s properly.

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