The latest Android Developers Dashboard numbers for the week ending February 2nd show the Android OS version 5.0 Lollipop, the latest and greatest, getting only the most tentative tonguing by users, at just 1.6 percent of the Android user base.  At this rate, it could take a long while for the new OS iteration to … ahem … stick.

The previous version, 4.4 KitKat, meanwhile, is still forging ahead, at just under 40 percent of all Android OS users accessing the Google Play Store. Ice Cream Sandwich is at 6.4 percent, Gingerbread at 7.4 percent, Froyo at a measly 0.4 percent, and all the rest is Jelly Bean.

So at least Google has managed to get all but slightly below 8 percent of Android users on to OS versions 4.0 and above. Is this really the new uniform, unified OS front we’ve been promised, though? I’m not so sure. With HTC and some other partners lagging on their OS 5.0 Lollipop implementation, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Lollipop has turned into the same kind of stumbling block for Google that Windows 8 was for Microsoft. Yes, people are using it, but take-up still seems niggardly, even with all the Nexus devices that are supposed to upgrade to it in zero time flat. Many users, and manufacturers, for now seem perfectly content with the KitKat experience. Lollipop? Suck it and see.


  1. No. Nobody is content with being stuck on an older OS, that just par for the course since Android’s inception. The only thing I’m content with at this point is switching to another platform and finally getting off Android’s merry-go-round of update disappointment.

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