It is almost a year since Google showed off the Android L preview on stage at Google I/O 2014. Four months after being paraded to developers, the media and Android enthusiasts, it debuted on the Motorola Nexus 6 as Android Lollipop and has since made its way to a handful of other devices. It is now almost eight months since that happened. Still, it only accounts for slightly over 10% of all Android devices hitting the Google Play Store over the last couple of days according to the data Google shares monthly on its Android developer portal.
While 12% is not really a bad figure considering that it is a rise from the 9.7% last time, for a platform the size of Android, it is the hallmark of the segmentation woes that bedevil the platform seeing as it is Froyo and Gingerbread are still appearing somewhere on the chat. Never mind the same data is coming just a few days after Google took the stage at yet another I/O gathering to unveil Lollipop’s update, Android M. Does this mean that same time next year Android M will be struggling to hit the 10% mark? Time will tell. For now, KitKat remains king at 39.2%, a slight drop from its earlier hold of 39.8%.