Lollipop running on 3 percent of Android devices

Android 5.0 Lollipop is now running on three percent of all devices accessing the Google Play store, with a further 41 percent running KitKat.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is now running on three percent of all devices accessing the Google Play store, with a further 41 percent running KitKat.

Lollipop, which was first offered as an over-the-air (OTA) update to devices in November 2014, is slowly but surely gaining ground. Its predecessor, Android 4.4 KitKat which itself first debuted October 2013 on the Nexus 5 handset, now runs on two out of every five Android devices.

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While this is a significant milestone for Google, it is painfully slow compared to the adoption rate for Apple's iOS 8, which broke the 50 percent in 40 days and currently stands at 73 percent.

With KitKat, along with the now aging Jelly Bean, now powering four out of every five Android devices accessing the Google Play store, the older platforms are slowly being squeezed out. However, they are still likely to remain significant well into this year, and possibly next.

The slow pace of updates means that users stuck on older versions of Android are being left vulnerable to malware and data theft as a result of bugs in the code not being patched. It also forces app developers to support a myriad of what are essentially obsolete versions of Android while simultaneously being unable to fully take advantage of the new Android APIs in their apps.

Also, with Lollipop now beginning to make its presence felt, the importance of KitKat will now wane.

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