Compared to iOS, Android Lollipop adoption rates suck

Pop quiz time. Thirteen days following the release of iOS 8, adoption rates had hit 40 percent. What do you think the adoption rate for Android 5.0 Lollipop was after the same period of time?

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Pop quiz time. Thirteen days following the release of iOS 8, adoption rates had hit 40 percent. What do you think the adoption rate for Android 5.0 Lollipop was after the same period of time?

According to data collected by mobile app performance management firm Crittercism, adoption rates for Lollipop stood at a mere 0.15 percent at the same point following its release.

Android releases have always suffered from a far slower adoption rate that iOS simply because of the difference in the way they are distributed to Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

Apple pushes iOS updates direct to all iPhone and iPad users, while Google can only do this for its own Nexus line of hardware. For everyone else – the majority, given that Nexus devices are unsubsidized and therefore more expensive – the update has to go to the handset maker and then to the carrier. This can mean that it can take months for a new update to reach devices, if at all.

But the latest release of Android is also plagued with problems , with the update rendering some devices unusable, and others who upgraded experiencing regret at installing the update.

One user wrote of how the Lollipop update had turned their Nexus 7 into "nothing more than a paperweight."

If you haven't upgraded, then you might want to hold off doing so until an update is released. This is especially true if you rely on apps that make use of the Adobe Air technology, which seems to be severely bugged under Lollipop.

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