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Android distribution: Lollipop passes 12% mark, KitKat rules with 39 share

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Android distributionFrom just 5.4 percent in early April to 9.7 roughly a month ago to 12.4 percent in the 7-day period ending on June 1, the gradual growth of Android’s newest iteration is undeniable. But it’s also slow and unsuited for a charge on the two prevalent mobile OS versions, which has to concern Google, given a follow-up piece of software looms on the horizon.

Will Lollipop become the dominant flavor before its M successor (Marshmallow?) starts rolling out to Nexus devices in late summer or early fall? Highly unlikely, since it’s pretty obvious Android 5.0-powered 2015 flagship phones aren’t gaining the kind of traction their manufacturers anticipated.

Yes, Samsung, we’re looking at you too, and the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge that debuted on store shelves almost two months back. Surely, if the half-metal/half-glass duo had already posted sales numbers in the vicinity of 20 million units, Lollipop’s share would now sit closer to 20 percent of the pie.

Unsurprisingly, it’s 4.4 KitKat that retains the largest slice of the “ecosystem”, at 39.2 percent, down less than a point these past 30 days. Narrowly behind it, you have 4.1 + 4.2 + 4.3 Jelly Bean, the former of which will soon turn three years old (!!!).

The combined scores of the three dipped from 39.2 percent in the beginning of May to 37.4 right now, split 14.7 – 17.5 – 5.2 between ports 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 in chronological order. Needless to highlight Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread and Froyo are all (slowly) headed for oblivion, only accounting for 5.1, 5.6 and 0.3 percent of the frequent Google Play visitor mass.

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