There is no question that Google’s Android OS has come a long way since its inception. Some of the hottest devices on the market sport Android and in some markets they are most definitely the number 1 mobile OS. However the biggest problem is not the newer devices on the market, rather its the older ones lagging behind.
According to the latest adoption numbers, only 8.5% of Android devices are running the latest operating system 4.4 KitKat with 60% running the iteration before, 4.1.x – 4.3 Jelly Bean. This is 6 months after the operating system was launched and in comparison, iOS 7 has an adoption rate of 80%.
This begs the question, does Google need to reevaluate its rollout process? Do they need to make Nexus devices a lot more accessible to the rest of the world? What’s the point in having an amazing OS when only 9% will have it, half a year in.