Android Presently Runs On Fewer Than zero.1% Of Handsets

Android 5.0 Currently Runs On Fewer Than 0.1% Of Handsets

Google’s lately launched Android cellular working system is at present operating on fewer than zero.1 % of handsets, based on knowledge launched by the corporate. The brand new software program, code-named ‘Lollipop,’ was made usually obtainable November 12. Carriers are at present rolling Lollipop out to shoppers, in response to their very own schedule.

The restricted uptake of Android’s fifth model up to now underscores a wider drawback within the cellular world: Fragmentation. It took Home windows Telephone eight.1, for instance, almost half a yr to make it to the 50 % market share mark. And as Wired notes, Apple is seeing slower adoption of its new iOS eight than some anticipated.

Present reviews point out that Lollipop is seeing growing over-the-air updates, which might shortly push its market share numbers larger. Google was not instantly obtainable to touch upon the present Lollipop figures.

Nevertheless, even when Lollipop manages to develop its share of the Android set up base by way of the top of the yr, it’ll doubtless face an adoption ceiling. Presently, the preferred model of Android is KitKat, or Android four.four. It instructions 33.9 % market share. There are six variations of Android at present tip which have greater than 7 % market share, for reference. Provided that, it appears uncertain that Lollipop itself will do a lot better than the 30 % mark, until one thing in its ecosystem modifications.

Wanting backwards, we will examine the present rollout of Lollipop to the KitKat launch. The first time KitKat hit the charts, it had zero.01 % market share. The subsequent month, that tally inched as much as 1.eleven %. The subsequent month, 2.ninety four %. So the preliminary incline may be shallow for brand spanking new Android builds.

Working system fragmentation makes the work of builders harder. If the set up base of telephones that you simply’re constructing for not solely have a wide selection of display sizes, but in addition firmware, constructing an app that may work for almost all of customers may be troublesome. This is applicable to all three platforms, in fact.

H/T Quartz.