Google recently released a major upgrade to its Android OS platform, moving from 4.4.4 KitKat to 5.0 Lollipop. This process has been uneven, to say the least.
Early reviews from all over the internet were exceedingly positive, even from sites with a general bend toward Apple and iOS, like The Verve. The new “Material Design” theme rolled out at Google I/O in 2014 was likewise popular with almost everyone from the first previews. Lollipop appeared ready to usher in a new era for Android devices… and yet, months after the Nexus 9 launched as the first Lollipop device, adoption is moving at a snail’s pace:
- After 90 days, Android 5.0 Lollipop (and its subsequent upgrades) can claim less than 2% of Android’s total users.
- After 150 days, iOS 8 (and its subsequent upgrades) claim over 70% adoption on iOS devices.
What is driving this? Below, I give my thoughts about Lollipop thus far including my personal experiences with it on three tablets and one phone.
Moto X 2014 with Lollipop and Google Now Launcher: