Android 5.0 Lollipop now on 9% of Android devices according to distribution numbers for May 2015


Android Platform Distribution May 2015

Google is giving us another look at their monthly distribution numbers for the month of May. When looking at the total number of active Android devices (those that have recently pinged the Google Play Store), Android 5.0 Lollipop is now officially running on 9% of those. Not really a bad number and it’s a pretty large jump from 5.4% the previous month. This is no doubt thanks to, not only a number of flagship devices debuting with Lollipop out of the box, but continual updates to last year’s flagships as well.

Of course, as many of you were anxiously waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop to hit your devices, we’re already looking ahead to 5.1 which can only be found on Nexus devices for the most part. With Google I/O just around the corner, it’s only a matter of time before the next major firmware version is revealed — Android M — and the process can start all over again.

[Android Developers]

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  1. This reminds me of all the features Google cuts from their software products because only 10% of users use them.

    1. What did the remove?

    2. wtf are you talking about. Quit sniffin paint.

  2. (Sorry to be THAT guy, but the title is a bit misleading. If Lollipop was 5.4% last month by putting both API’s together, then this month you should define them as 9.7%)

  3. KitKat representin’! :)

    1. I’m with you on that. I downgraded to 4.4.4 because I need working xposed modules. Lollipop isn’t worth losing that.

      1. He released a compatible version of xposed for 5.0. It needs to be manually flashed though.

        It’s 5.1 which is still not ready. That’s the only thing I dont like about CM12.1. My watch and I would have preferred xposed on 5.1. Oh well…

        1. Half the modules I tried with xposed on 5.0 didn’t work.

  4. 5.1 is working great on my Nexus 7 2013. The battery life is comparable to Kit Kat again which was my biggest complaint. It’s smooth as butter I’m liking it. I wonder how long it will take for the flag ships to get it.

  5. Still waiting to see what CM 12 looks like before updating my M8.

    1. ………. bro CM12 has been out for a while now. hell cm12.1 has been out for over a month.

      1. Nightlies, yes. Not any stable builds though.

  6. And 0% of them are Verizon’s “flagship” device

    1. My Verizon g3 has it, if I was ready to leave kit Kat that is

    2. No that runs iOS 8.3 unfortunately.

  7. Does anyone know if custom ROMs count towers t this? I’m guessing not cuz I think it would be a higher %

    1. They do if GAPPS is installed. It’s based on Play Store check-ins.

  8. This is ugly

    1. How so? This time last year Kit Kat only had 8.5%. Lollipop is at 9.7% in the same period of time.

  9. Lollipop 5.1 on Nexus 6 is the new hotness. Truly sex on wheels;)

    1. Sex on wheels is a Ferari 458 Italia.. And I agree, I love my note 3 again on a 5.1.1 rom

  10. Truly title should say “10%” as 9.7% is closer to 10 than 9 (adding 5.0 + 5.1)…

  11. Ob boy! 9%

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