The fragmentation of Android has always been the most controversial point in Google’s operating system. The latest data released by the company show that Lollipop’s market share is still timid, and the situation gets even worse when that number is divided between the versions of the system. Check below the most current numbers about the distribution of Android.
In February, we posted here on AndroidPIT that Lollipop’s market share was around 1.6%. Currently, the latest stable version of the system occupies 15.9% of devices in version 5.0, and 5.1% of participation for version 5.1. In a quick overview we can see that Lollipop has evolved considerably in the last 6 months, however, when we look at the previous versions of the system this reality is a little different.
Jelly Ben (31.8%) is the second most used version of the system, while KitKat 4.4 still dominates the market, with a 39.2% share. We cannot measure the exact number of Android devices active worldwide, however, we can imagine that the portion that represents Lollipop is formed, primarily, by tops of more recent lines and few intermediaries that were launched between the end of 2014 and the course of 2015 Check out the chart released by Google:
|Ice Cream Sandwich||3.7%|
The launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow should happen later this month, followed by the official announcement of the new devices of the Nexus line, manufactured by LG and Huawei. The arrival of the new version can make things even more difficult for Lollipop, especially if the Marshmallow has a greater acceptance by the manufacturers who, in turn, can take their devices from KitKat or Lollipop 5.0 directly to 6.0, as it should happen with the LG G3 and G4, according to the most recent rumors.
So, can Lollipop overtake KitKat before Marshmallow?