Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally rolling out to devices around the globe, you might be wondering just how much of an impact it's making on the Android ecosystem.The short answer: not much.
Google has released the latest platform distribution numbers for Android, a periodic report that gives developers an idea of what they should be targeting when developing their apps. The biggest takeaway for the 7-day period ending December 1st? Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't even represented on the chart.
Android has always had this slow burn problem where the sheer number of manufacturers and devices mean that the newest OS gets adopted very slowly despite its usually significant upgrades. Even now, Android Jelly Bean, which is two generations behind the current is still the dominant version accounting for just under 50% of the market. While Kit Kat - which is the previous generation - is sitting with 34% market share.
For comparison’s sake, in a similar timeframe Apple’s iOS 8 had been installed on 49% of compatible devices , though the company’s previous iOS 7 had stellar numbers with 60% penetration after the same amount of time.
Of course this doesn't mean that much, just shows that Android is used by so many more people on such a plethora of devices that updating takes a much longer time. And it also highlights the difference distribution through carriers can make, with Apple going around them completely and seeing some great numbers as a result.