With more than 51 percent of users seen through Google Play still using Jelly Bean as their main operating system, the numbers for KitKat users remain relatively low. This is because the latest Android OS to make its mark on the mobile world, Lollipop, has now become available to consumers who have begun using the most recent models of Nexus hardware, such as the Nexus 9. Recently, Google released an update to their Android Developers Dashboard, giving all consumers an idea of the percentages of current devices in rotation which are using different operating systems based on their visits to the Google Play store during a period of seven days. This information can help new users decide which OS they’d like to go with, and also provides valuable marketing information for Google and other developers looking to cash in from the mobile markets, as to which features customers would find most useful.
What the Data Showed in the Reports
The uploaded data provided through the feedback in these reports showed that over the week long period of monitoring, Android 4.4 or KitKat had an increase in the number of users from 21 percent in August to 30.2 percent in October. Jelly Bean kept the market’s majority with 50.9 percent of Google Play visitors still utilizing this operating system. Jelly Bean, which offers a few different versions, showed a lead with its 4.1.x version, which had a 22.8 percent usage pattern in relation to the 4.2.x which only showed 20.8 percent, and its 4.3 version with 7.3 percent. BGR.com says:
Already one-year old, KitKat is far from being the most popular Android OS version, though its share has increased by almost 6% compared to last month, hitting 30.2% at the end of October. Jelly Bean is holding the most market share — 50.9% when combining the three different Jelly Bean builds out there — a drop from the 53.8% registered in early October.
Of course, this data only shows a small portion of users in relation to the mass mobile population who don’t regularly check into Google Play, or who hadn’t used the feature throughout that seven day period. This leaves the possibility that other operating systems could be equally as popular among more mature users, business users, or those who use their phone less frequently.
A Look At Lollipop or Android 5.0
Following the sweet tooth lineup of past operating systems, the latest Android OS to hit the market is named after a childhood favorite; the lollipop. Android 5.0 or Lollipop was launched officially last week, and new devices have been hitting the market already loaded with its new features. This includes mobile phones, tablets, and other mobile devices for sale. Unfortunately, due to its late appearance on the scene, the Android Developers Dashboard doesn’t support any information regarding the number of users already jumping into that bandwagon, but the November numbers are sure to show a growth in consumers who have jumped ship from their Jelly Bean OS to the latest and greatest Android has to offer.
Older systems such as Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo are slipping down in popularity, proving that the improvements in each OS are worth the switch. CNET explains:
Among other flavors of Android observed on Google Play this past week, Ice Cream Sandwich dripped off with an 8.5 percent share, down from 9.6 percent in September. Gingerbread stayed strong with 9.8 percent, though that was down from 11.4 percent in September, And Froyo inched down to 0.6 percent from 0.7 percent in September.
The new Android 5.0 operating system is available on the Nexus 6 and 9, with older Nexus handsets and tablets also picking up on the new version. Other devices created by the top Android companies are also releasing this addition.
Improvements Promised Through Lollipop
The latest Android 5.0 OS roll-out has offered many improvements, especially for Nexus devices, including longer battery life, better performance, and high quality of graphics. The look of the system itself is unique in its new use of tactile surfaces, smoother motions, and bolder designs. It also makes Google Now the default home screen so that other launchers are optional, rather than given any main focus. Colored top bars, side bar menus with gesture support, and voice recognition allowance while the screen is off are all improvements that have cropped up between KitKat and this latest model of operation. The International Business Times claims:
Project Volta is one of the unique features added by Android 5.0 Lollipop, which serves as a battery tool. It can help a device to extend longer for up to 90 minutes, display estimated time left to fully recharge when plugged in and estimated time left before the device needed to recharge again. This native battery saver is found on the Settings menu and can be configured by the user.
With Project Volta and many other changes bringing Lollipop into the lead of its predecessors it looks like it might have a chance to take the crown from top OS Jelly Bean as soon as the market realizes it is available for use. With Android mobile devices making up a large section of this industry, the changes that this technology bring to their tablets and phones is sure to make waves in other systems as well. With companies like Apple and Blackberry on its tail, Android 5.0 could prove to be a worthy opponent.
Whether you’ve already made the switch to Lollipop, or you’re considering the new operating system as soon as it becomes available to you, it seems as though it might be worth the try. Whether it will outdo the previous Android champion, Jelly Bean, or live on as second best the way that KitKat has fared, is yet to be seen. Fortunately, with any type of mobile software like this, there’s always room for improvement, which means that the next great candy coded OS to hit the market will likely have even better interactive qualities and graphics to swoon over. In the meantime, mobile users can enjoy what is being rated by many testers of the latest system to be one of the best that has been released.