With the top smartphone manufacturers pushing Android Lollipop updates to most their devices, you would expect it to grow significantly by each passing day. This happens not to be the case as the adoption of Android Lollipop is slow and currently stands at 23.5% of all Android devices. This is a slight growth from last month when Lollipop was installed in 21% of all devices.
Google released these latest stats even before Android 6.0 Marshmallow started rolling out. The figures were actually collected for a 7 day period ending on October 5.
From the latest stats, the most popular Android version is KitKat which has a 38.9% market share. This is very surprising because KitKat has been around for a very long time, close to two years now. KitKat is followed closely by Android 4.x Jelly Bean which has a market share of 30.2%.
It is surprising to see very old Android versions including Froyo and Gingerbread still being used to this day. At the moment, Android 2.2 Froyo has a market share of 0.2% with Gingerbread having a market share of 3.8%. Ice Cream Sandwich is always somewhere there with a market share of 3.4%.
Right now, we are waiting to see how the arrival of Android 6.0 Marshmallow will disrupt the market, will Marshmallow pass Lollipop in terms of usage by mid-2016? Or will Lollipop rise above to take the top spot? We will have to wait a little while to be able to answer these questions.