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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?

With Android 5.0 still warming up, Android 4.4 KitKat still owns the Android ecosystem with 39.7 per cent. Androids 4.1 through 4.3 Jelly Bean own a combined 44.5 per cent. Separately, 4.1 is running on 18.4 per cent Android devices, 4.2 is on 19.8 per cent, and 4.3 is on 6.3 per cent. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is installed on 6.4 per cent of devices, while Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still on 7.4 per cent. Versions of Android earlier than Gingerbread hold less than 1 per cent.

What does Lollipop have that these older versions don't? Material Design for starters, and improved security features. The code is (supposed to be) optimised to run more smoothly thanks to ART (Android Run Time) and support for 64bit processing. Project Volta is meant to help OEMs get a handle on battery life, and newly installed apps are all scanned for malware. Lastly, Lollipop adds a kill switch so users can remotely disable their device.

It's clear that Android 5.0 is not in a hurry to go anywhere. Don't feel bad if your device hasn't been updated yet; chances are you still have months to wait.

-Eric Zeman
??Information Week

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