Android 5.0 Lollipop on just 1.6 per cent of devices

Just 1.6 per cent of all Android devices are running the latest iteration of the software, Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has confirmed.

Highlighting the continued fragmentation of the of the Android platform, Google’s latest figures show that less than 2 per cent of the world’s Android devices are up to date.

In fact, Lollipop adoption rates are so low that more than four times the amount of devices are still running the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS  – 7.4 per cent – than current software.

According to the company’s data, which has been released as part of a developer report, the most popular iteration of Android remains the 2013 released KitKat.

Currently 39.7 per cent of all Android smartphones, tablets and others run the Nestle themed OS.

While KitKat is the most popular single version of Android, the three variations of Jelly Bean (4.1 – 18.4 per cent, 4.2 – 19.8 per cent, and 4.3 – 6.3 per cent) combine to account for a total of 44.5 per cent of all Android software.

The data was collected based on device systems used to access the Google Play Store in the seven days leading to February 2.

Related: Android 5.0 Update: When will my phone get it

It is unsurprising Android 5.0 Lollipop usage figures are so low given the snails pace at which software updates have been reaching handsets.

Having launched aboard the Nexus 6, Android 5.0 has since hit only a spattering of devices.

While Motorola Moto X and LG G3 handsets have received Lollipop patches in certain territories, HTC One M8 owners were left disappointed recently when their Android 5.0 update was hit by delays.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor