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Sweet news for Google as Lollipop usage grows

There’s been a notable jump in the number of devices that are powered by Google's Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system.

According to Google’s Dashboard (opens in new tab), in just one month Lollipop usage jumped 1.5 per cent - from 0.1 per cent to 1.6 per cent.

TechRadar writes (opens in new tab)that this increase might have a very simple explanation – Lollipop rollouts have increased lately.

The declines are largely limited to Jelly Bean and earlier versions that are slowly moving towards the exit.

Google’s new OS has been, in its first month in existence, installed on less than 0.1 per cent of Android devices, which is something quite unfamiliar to KitKat 4.4.

In the first month, KitKat was installed on more than one per cent of devices.

However, Google is not to blame for the lack of interest.

The company made the Lollipop OS available for its Nexus devices, while other smartphone manufacturers have to tailor the new OS for their own devices.

Telecom operators are also responsible for the OS’s distribution.

In the meantime, two patches have been announced, and experts believe consumers won’t see Android 5.1 before July 2015.

Google’s OS tends to receive updates much slower than its biggest competitor, Apple.

IOS 8 has already fixed most of the bugs in the OS, and 70 per cent of devices are powered by the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS.

It took the new OS 29 days to overtake the previous version with 48.8 per cent share.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.