Android Distribution - June 2015
Google has this morning released their monthly report showing developers the current state of Android distribution, based on devices visiting the Play store in the 7 days leading up to August 3rd. The figures of course help developers target versions of the OS for apps, but give us a broader idea of where Google Android is currently at.

The big news is the climb of Lollipop, which when combining Android 5.0.x and 5.1.x tallies to 18.1%, nearing nearly 1/5th coverage of Android devices. The increase of nearly 4% on Android 5.0.x and 1.8% on Android 5.1.x is at the cost of nearly all the other versions of Android which for the most part declined in share, remained grudginly the same (Froyo) or gained a mere 0.1% (KitKat).

The once juggernaut that was Gingerbread, which once reigned over half of all Android devices running Google services is now down to under 5% – but it seems based on Froyo that we may be seeing it for a while to come.

For your convenience, the figure comparison from last month to this month:

Android Version June July
Android 2.2 (Froyo) 0.3% 0.3%
Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) 5.6% 4.6%
Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) 5.1% 4.1%
Android 4.1.x (JellyBean) 14.7% 13.0%
Android 4.2.x (JellyBean) 17.5% 15.9%
Android 4.3 (JellyBean) 5.2% 4.7%
Android 4.4 (KitKat) 39.2% 39.3%
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) 11.6% 15.5%
Android 5.1 (Lollipop) 0.8% 2.6%
Source: Android Developer dashboard.
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    These sorts of stats mean very little. If people bought mobile phones with the sole desire of always wanting the latest version of Android on the device then [1] they are deluded; and [2] you generally buy a mobile for its price/features at that point in time not for 10 years down the track. The closest you’ll get to this ideal is buying a Nexus, however that isn’t going to get updates forever. I personally buy Nexus devices because they will be updated quicker and for longer, however not everyone is like me and is happy to buy their Android… Read more »


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    amazing numbers from an OS released last year.


    Not really. If you’re in a vacuum and only look at Android, I guess it’s OK. If you compare it to the competition then it’s really poor.

    iOS 8 hit 80% adoption rate in 6 months. I’d put money on lollipop never reaching 80% adoption rate ever.


    Although not all of the functionality of iOS 8 was available on all devices, so that 80% figure is somewhat misleading as well.