The latest figures for platform share of the various versions of the Android OS, tabulated on the Android Developers Dashboards, show that Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally starting to pare off its slice of the overall pie, with 3.3 percent of devices accessing the Google Play Store during the seven-day period ending March 2nd, 2015, running Google’s latest Android OS iteration. Android 4.4 KitKat, meanwhile, the immediately prior version, is present on almost 41 percent of all such devices.
This does mean, though, that more devices are still running Android 4.0.3-4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, at almost 6 percent, and Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 Gingerbread, at almost 7 percent, than are running Lollipop. So the new iteration has some catching up to do, although it has almost tripled its share since last month’s figures. At least KitKat still seems to be gaining at the expense of ICS and Gingerbread, but that large slice of the pie still running various versions of Jelly Bean ought to be a concern for Google. After all, Lollipop was supposed to deliver a new experience with a new Android Runtime (ART) environment, new cross-platform Material Design overlay, and many other goodies. A pity that manufacturers and telcos do not necessarily seem to be playing to the script.