Google Inc (GOOGL)’s Android Lollipop Adoption Jumps 80%


After a painfully slow start, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android Lollipop is beginning to show great strength. The adoption of the mobile OS rose nearly 80% on a month to month basis according to the latest update. At the start of April, Lollipop was only installed on 5.4% of active Android devices, but that rose to 9.7% at the end of April, a huge leap for version five of the Android mobile OS.

Galaxy S6 launch with Lollipop

It was not entirely surprising that installation of Lollipop improved by 80% in a single month. New handsets, like Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, as well as the HTC One M9, shipped with Android 5.0 right out of the gate. Updates to version 5.1 of Lollipop have also been happening at an impressive rate, leading to an overall massive uptick in the Lollipop install base.

Aside from the 80% jump in Lollipop adoption, there is still more to come. The OS is expected to capture more than 10% of Android handsets by the end of this month and make strong double-digit gain by the end of the second quarter of 2015.

Steady gain in market share

The Lollipop install base has been on a steady rise, a look at the previous update from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) regarding the OS can reveal that. The company said, back in December 2014, that Lollipop was only in 0.1% of active Android devices and rising to 1.6% of the Android market share in January. The gains continued with Lollipop taking over 3.3% market share during February and surpassing 5% during the month of March. In April, the OS made a huge forward leap to nearly 10%, showing a strong win for the version five of Android and the entire Android ecosystem.

No smooth ride for Android

It is obviously underwhelming that Lollipop is still wallowing in the 10% market share mark nearly a year after launch. However, given the complexity in the Android industry, where several tweaks of the OS exist among handset manufacturers, it is understandable why the pace of Lollipop adoption has been generally slow. Things would have been much different, or perhaps better, if Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android enjoyed the same smooth ride as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has been in the financial space for over six years now. Gupta earned her MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning in 2009 and her passion for finance led her to pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. She has successfully completed Level II of her CFA. She is a veteran in article writing, which is depicted in her numerous pieces published on SeekingAlpha, Nextiphonenews, InsiderMonkey, MarketWatch, and Techinsider. Her crisp and eloquent writing finds its best place in Researchcows, where emphasis is given on developing rich content for various websites, products, business plans, trainings, and book writing.

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