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Android 5.0 Lollipop distribution climbs, but just barely

by Brandon Russell | March 7, 2015March 7, 2015 12:00 pm EST

Like clockwork, Android distribution numbers have been released, with an easy-to-read piechart showing just how well Android versions have been performing. As expected, Android 5.0 Lollipop has made another jump up the charts, though its impact isn’t all that impressive considering how long it’s been out. I’m talking just 3.3-percent distribution, a small growth over its 1.6-percent figure of last month.

A number of devices have received Lollipop over the past few weeks alone, so the slight growth isn’t all the unexpected. But manufacturers are still working to skin, test and gain approval from carriers before pushing out their updates. Slow distribution has been the achilles heel of Android for years, and that hasn’t changed all that much in recent iterations. The software is most widely spread around Nexus and Motorola devices at the moment, though it has made its way to other phones as well.

Jelly Bean, which was originally unveiled all the way back in 2012, is still Android’s dominant version with just over 42-percent; KitKat, meanwhile, is at the number two spot with 40.9-percent. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich still continue to fall in the ranks, but they still outweigh Lollipop’s leisurely jaunt, something that should climb dramatically as more new phones come with the OS pre-installed.



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