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Four months after launch, Marshmallow runs on just 1.2% of all Android devices

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Four months after launch, Marshmallow runs on just 1.2% of all Android devices
Google today revealed that Android Marshmallow is now installed on over 1% of all Android devices in use around the globe. More exactly, 1.2% of devices are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While this is a serious jump from last month, when only 0.7% of all Android devices ran Marshmallow, the percentage is still very low, considering the fact that the new version of Android has been available since October 2015 (almost four months ago).

KitKat remains the most used Android iteration, powering 35.5% of devices, down from 36.1% last month. Lollipop is installed on 34.1% of devices, while Jelly Bean (which, mind you, was first released in 2012) can still be found on 23.9% of devices.

We can't say we're surprised by the small percentage of Marshmallow devices currently in use, because new versions of Android have always taken their sweet time to reach a significant number of phones and tablets. Still, we're certainly not thrilled with the way that manufacturers are handling Android updates.

The data discussed in this article was gathered in a 7-day period ending on February 1. Hopefully, by next month, Marshmallow will arrive on at least another 1 percent of all Android devices.


source: Android Developers

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posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:28 5

1. manzer (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Apr 2014)


I can't stand Apple IOS, but I've gotta say, they have Google beat on this one. Updates should be automatic and Google should force these phone companies to update or find another platform.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:36

2. TBomb (Posts: 686; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


They can force all they want... Carrier's discretion.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:45 1

4. handsomparis (Posts: 19; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)


That true but have of these manufacturers are still in the development phase and not carrier testing phase

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:54 8

12. Jango (Posts: 294; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


1. Average consumer finds all the updates boring and never bother with them. I see many iPhone users stuck on older versions.

2. Android is a different beast and paradigm. I'm glad each and every flagship take their time making their unique and custom device compatible with system-wide changes before rolling them out.

3. iOS suffers from bad fragmentation too, in who's case everyone understands the reasons behind this but become morons when far more valid reasons exist for Android.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 23:59 2

25. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Exactly, even as a Nexus user I dont want OEMs to stop their skins
OEM skins often have tons of features before Google ads them

I hope Google make it easier for OEMs release quick updates while keeping their custom features

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:26

17. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Still waiting for the update that I was supposed to receive last month on the Galaxy 6 from T-Mobile. Would like to know when that's gonna happen

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:03 4

23. AkoSiKuting (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


A solid evidence to prove people buy Android because of cheap junk, even it runs Kitkat or lollipoops.

People who value premium quality with outstanding user experience will always choose Apple products and this is undeniable fact :)

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:49 8

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 5330; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Cheap junk vs Expensive junk. Still junk.

Android premium is truly premium, flagship screen technology, large battery capacity, plenty of RAM for multitasking, High end SOC for high performance low power usage.

And most of all, many brands and models to choose from vs every apple user carry the same phone and still call it unique and premium feeling while the direct reverse is true.

AkoSikuting, you started the name calling so don't blame the troll.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:44 3

31. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Let him be. It's been a hard couple of years with Android dominating sales, Google being ranked as more innovative than Apple, most of Apple's silly iPhone patents being invalidated, and now Google being more highly valued than Apple. He's got a ton of butthurt to unload.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:45 3

3. hwb01 (Posts: 251; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Samsung still hasn't pushed any Marshmallow updates, other than beta versions

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:06 2

13. WPX00 (Posts: 218; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Untrue: all 3 carrier variants of the S6 in Korea have received the update.

But yeah, they suck at updates.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:55 2

5. Punchy506 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


1%er! Woot!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:19 7

9. sgodsell (Posts: 3224; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The funny thing is 1.2% is still more than all of Windows Phone/10 Mobile for the entire last quarter.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:04 3

6. Martineverest (Posts: 229; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


OEMs' plan in trying to force consumer buy new phones in order to enjoy MM

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:04 2

7. aegislash (Posts: 218; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


As an Android user since the G1, I always feel a bit of sadness as well as embarrassment when Google reveals OS update statistics.

I know it isn't Google's fault that manufacturers update devices so slowly, but I just wish Google had some authority in telling them that devices have to be updated quickly, at least within two months of a new OS version launching.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:08 4

8. antmiu2 (Posts: 302; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


what is marshmallow?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:27

10. Pattyface (Posts: 1518; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Doze!!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:35

11. artificialintelligence (Posts: 151; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)


Samsung is hogging all the marshmallows for themselves :( I like marshmallows especially with gram crackers and hersey chocolate

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:10 1

14. Zylam (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Congratulations, 4 months and only 1 percent. Google IO is in ~5 months where they will show Android N, by than 5 percent of the Android phones will be running Android M.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:45 1

32. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But even the ones on lollipop will be more advanced than the competition, so they're not too worried about it.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 17:49

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They should be worried about it. M is the most current version, and it's installed on 1.2%...that sucks. More advanced or not, lollipop is last year.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:17

15. senseiJ (Posts: 129; Member since: 02 May 2015)


Sad and quiet pathetic.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:17 2

16. wargreymon (Posts: 671; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


And what is the percentage for active flagships? Counting every $50-100 phone and expecting them to have latest version or even get update to it is laughable.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:30 1

18. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 195; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


Slower rollout than Lollipop... and yet they said it would be faster.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:03 1

26. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Its faster than Lollipop
Lollipop was released a month ahead relative to Marshmallow

In January 2015 Lollipop was less than 0.1%
So Marshmallow is about 1.1% ahead of Lollipop

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:17 1

19. nscian2 (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Retailers need to stop selling these cheap phones with Android 4.1 - 4.4. You see them everywhere for a "great deal" but in the end they're cheap pieces of poop when you could have gotten a low end moto phone that has the prospect of updates for $20 more and with slightly better specs.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:03 3

20. Leandronb (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


marshmallow and lollipop made my htc m8 run slower, maybe is on purpose to make me buy the m9 or m10, or maybe it just isn't that good. And i tried both sense and google play edition versions.
Now i am on kitkat, the device is so much faster now.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:22 1

21. Awalker (Posts: 1394; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Google should release two charts. One for Nexus devices only and another for Android OEMs.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:49

22. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


I think Google should stop focusing on android after N (keeping it only for the already current android phone and future budget phones) and instead create a new OS (based on android of course) that would be compatible only with flagship phones and high-end middle flagships. This way their adaptability problem would be on "reset mode" and they would have a second chance on making things right this time, if done well they could end up with percentages as high as Apple (or close). Such a move would also bring excitement to non-android users and perhaps more people would abandon their current phone to go for a phone that supports this new OS because of the excitement of trying something new for a change! How cool would that be, a second major OS from Google! They could call it: D-Droid NEXT (OS). :)

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:53 1

28. shahrooz (Posts: 706; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


they can call it "oozz009's not happening dream"

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:28

35. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Hahaha yes I know there is no way that will happen but I'm still allowed to dream though:D It would be crazy cool if that dream became a reality though!

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:51

27. shahrooz (Posts: 706; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


I don't care, because I have it

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 02:25 1

29. aajynqzz (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Android is the Windows of smartphones: it has to work for unexpected hardware and underdogs manufacturers, thus resulting in an uncontrollable population of smartphones worldwide. It also needs to be "customizable" enough as to allow careers to pollute the ROMs with undesired software before they reach the customer (otherwise they would never install it).

The only ones who can change this are the customers, by replacing the original ROM of the phone by its open alternative (for example, installing the CyanogenMod ROM instead). The immediate result is a phone that boots with strictly necessary software, a more consistent experience across phone models, and, for many, faster performance.

The more users switch the career/stock Android ROM by a more open ROM, the less encouraging it will be for manufacturers / careers to install bloatware in them.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:47

33. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


CyanogenMod? More stable?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:09 3

30. vladtdr (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


All the people saying it's not google's fault: BULLs**t. IF they can force OEM's to put all the google apps preloaded on all android devices they can certainly force them to hurry up with these f**king updates, especially now when they give them the code sooner than it's released... I don't expect my phone to be updated overnight like an iPhone, but 3 months is enough I think. But that is the think with android, besides nexus, every year when they announce a new flagship, they present the latest OS as being a feature...want marshmallow? buy our new phone... Oh, the phone from last year? well you will have to wait 5-6 months before we update it, that is if we decide to do it:D

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:49

34. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, they can't. A lot of these flagship phones have a version of Android that is modified right down to the framework. It's essentially a totally different OS. That's going to take time.

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