LOLLIPOP has been installed on just 2.1 percent of Android devices since it was released at the beginning of November, a figure that "has been flat-lining for some time".
That's according to numbers from mobile application performance management firm Crittercism, revealed to The INQUIRER, after Google failed to include the latest version of Android in its monthly distribution figures.
According to the data, Google's Android 5.0 operating system was installed on 2.1 percent of devices as of 2 December, up from the 0.15 percent figure that the company revealed at the beginning of last month.
This is compared to Android 4.4 KitKat's growing 33.9 percent share of devices, and way below the 48.7 percent share claimed by Google's ageing Jelly Bean version.
As revealed by Google earlier this week, Ice Cream Sandwich is currently installed on 7.8 percent of devices, Gingerbread 9.8 percent, and Froyo 0.5 percent.
Crittercism notes that Lollipop's 2.1 percent figure has been "flat-lining" for some time now, likely due to reports that the operating system has been suffering from a number of issues, which are seemingly to blame for the delayed release of the Nexus 6.
According to complaints from users who have installed the latest software, Lollipop has caused battery drain, WiFi connectivity glitches and certain apps to stop functioning.
Despite this, however, Crittercism notes that, one month after launch, iOS 8 had a higher crash rate than Lollipop.
"As for performance of Lollipop, the crash rate's been a bit of a rollercoaster, improving a bit since the end of Nov with a current rate of 2.26 percent," Crittercism said, noting that after the same period, iOS 8 had a 2.75 crash rate.
Lollipop's sluggish adoption could also be partly due to a lack of updates.
While the operating system is available for the majority of Google's Nexus devices, Motorola's smartphone line-up and the Nvidia Shield Tablet, firms such as HTC, Samsung and Sony have yet to start rolling out the latest version of Android. µ
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