News by Luke Jones on Wednesday May 06, 2015.
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Google has revealed a fresh round of Android adoption figures, revealing that the new 5.0 Lollipop build is starting to take hold. However, as is always the case, the platform remains deeply fragmented and the among most used full build is over three years old. Comparisons to Google's great rival Apple will also be made again, with Android struggling to get even close to iOS? adoption levels.However, we'll start with Lollipop, the newest version of the platform that launched last October and has been with us over six months. Google announced that it now claims a 9.7% share of the overall market, which is not too bad at all considering the more fragmented nature of Android. Google wants to unify its platform more and that deep ambition started with KitKat and it seems to be steadily working. Indeed, Android 4.4 KitKat now accounts for 39.8% of the market and has been a success. The problem for Google's unifying plans is that by time one build starts to really take hold, another arrives. Lollipop is the new version, not KitKat, in an ideal world Google would want version 5.0 on 40% and not the older build. Worse still is the fact that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is still the second most used build (39.2%) and is years old. The fact that the five year old Gingerbread can still command 5.7% of the market speaks volumes for the struggles Google still faces. The is exasperated when one considers that Apple's iOS 8, which was launched just weeks before Lollipop, has already been adopted by some 80% of all iOS users. Of course, more than anything else this shows the stark differences between Google's and Apple's model. Android is open and used by multiple companies, making it harder for Google to control when a specific device gets a new update. Apple on the other hand completely controls iOS and can dictate to customers when they should update. In other words, it is unlikely that Google will ever enjoy a platform that could be called unified, at least not unless the company sticks to one build for several years; that's unlikely to happen in the breakneck speed of the mobile industry.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.