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Android Lollipop finally surpasses 10 per cent adoption rate

The Android Lollipop operating system is now running on more than 10 per cent of Google-powered devices, the company confirmed on Monday.

In its monthly Platform Versions update, Google revealed Android 5.0 was now appearing on 11.6 per cent of devices, with the chosen few (0.8 per cent) enjoying life on the bug-fixing Android 5.1 release.

The landmark is a long-time coming for Google, which announced Android L back in June last year and finally released it as Lollipop in October 2014 alongside the launch of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices.

Since then it has been typically slow progress for the company, which continues to struggle to solve the age-old problem of Android fragmentation.

Even today, 39.2 per cent of users are on Android 4.4 KitKat, while a combined 37.4 per cent find themselves stuck on Android Jelly Bean (versions 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3).

The running order, from this month to last, remains unchained, but Android 5.x has gained 2.7 percentage points in the last month in order to post the number above 10 per cent.

The relative surge is likely due to the release of several high profile phones over the last couple of months. The Samsung Galaxy S6 series, the HTC One M9 and the LG G4 have all arrived packing Lollipop in the last couple of months.

Back in May, those new flagships saw Lollipop jump above 9 per cent, up from just 5.4 per cent in April.

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So, by this rationale we can expect Android Lollipop adoption to jump up to about 40 per cent by this time next year, while the then flagship Android M flails on about 10 per cent.

Or can Google find a solution this time around? Let us know your thoughts below.

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