Almost no-one is using the latest version of Android

Google’s latest mobile OS Android 5.0 Lollipop is continuing to see a disappointingly small number of installs, according to new data released by the company.

As reported by 9to5Google, Google has released its monthly stats on the distribution of the various versions of its Android mobile operating system. Lollipop has risen since last month — but only just. 3.3% of Android phones now run Lollipop, as compared to 1.6% at the start of February.

Here’s the data:

It’s illustrative of the problem Google faces whenever it releases a new version of its operating system: It has very little power to see that it actually gets implemented.

Whereas Apple builds both its hardware and its software, ensuring that new versions of iOS are swiftly installed, Google isn’t responsible for distribution. Instead, it’s up to the smartphone manufacturers themselves — HTC, Samsung, etc. — to roll it out for their customers. But they can be extremely slow on the uptake, leaving the overwhelming majority of Android users with an outdated experience of the OS that doesn’t represent what it is today.

More people still use Gingerbread — released in February 2011 — than Lollipop, the latest version.

In contrast, 64.6% of iOS devices use iOS 8, the latest mobile operating system from Apple that was released in September 2014, just two months prior to Lollipop.

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