Key changes to highlight:
- Between November and January, KitKat (Android 4.4), rose from 30.2% up to 39.1% and still has the highest percentage out of all the Android versions.
- All other Android versions which includes Froyo (Android 2.2), Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7), Ice Cream Sandwhich (Android 4.0.3 and 4.0.4) and Jelly Bean (4.1-4.4) all lost ground in favor of Kitkats growth over a two month period
While all of that is great and dandy, there’s something more shocking for Android enthusiast on the horizon. Although devices running Lollipop (Android 5.0) have been available since November 2nd, they have not appeared on the distribution chart at all. They didn’t appear in December’s and they once again did not make an appearance in January 2015.
The only possibilities I see for Lollipop’s exclusion from the distribution is simply from slow sales in comparison to the sheer number of Android devices that’s already in the wild, the iPhone market share growth over the last few months have stumped phone sales that come with Lollipop installed or Google simply not wanting to show the Android 5.0 numbers of r a combination of the reasons that were just mentioned.
It would be unlike Google to purposely not include the numbers, but it would be understandable. That’s not to say that I would agree with such a decision.
While we play the guessing game, Apple has already released the distribution rate for their mobile OS and the latest version, iOS 8 is reportedly on 68% of all iPhones. While this level of adoption is slower than usual, as an Android fan, I would love to hear Android pulling similar numbers whenever Google releases a software update.