The slow march to Lollipop continues, with Android 5.1 just starting to show up on the chart.
Google's monthly version number check-in has arrived, and to the surprise of no one the chart shows slight moves all across the board. Multiple batches of Android 5.0 updates and last minute deals on current generation handsets — in preparation for the release of phones like the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 — have created a larger push into Lollipop than the previous months. Meanwhile, the minor release of Android 5.1 has created a new API level on the chart to keep an eye on.
Looking back at last month, we see a lot of users from all over the Android ecosystem making the move to newer versions of Android. Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean all saw slight decreases — the most impressive of which being the almost 2 percent drop across Jelly Bean. While Android is constantly seeing new activations, it seems likely those users are now filling in the slight growth seen in KitKat and the 2 percent increase seen in Lollipop.
Since all of these numbers are before the launch of two of the biggest handsets of the year — the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 — it's likely we're going to see an impressive spike in the Lollipop portion of this graph when everything updates again next month.