Android 6.0 Marshmallow adoption has doubled since last month

Android 6.0 Marshmallow adoption has doubled since last month
Last month, Google revealed that Android 6.0 Marshmallow was powering only 2.3% of all Android devices in use around the world. Now, Google is back with another report, this time for April, and things are - unsurprisingly - looking better in terms of Marshmallow adoption.

Android Marshmallow is now on 4.6% of all devices, so the user base has doubled since early March. That's thanks not just to updates rolled out by various manufacturers, but also to the fact that new handsets running Marshmallow out of the box have been released in March - the most popular examples being the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

All other Android versions that are still relevant are less used than they were one month ago, though the percentage decrease isn't exactly significant. Android Lollipop now stands at 35.8% (down from 36.1%), KitKat is used on 33.4% of devices (down from 34.3%), and Jelly Bean is powering 21.3% of devices (down from 22.3%). Android Ice Cream Sandwich (first released in 2011) still shows up on 2.2% of devices, while Android Gingerbread (first launched in late 2010) is running on 2.6% of devices.  

Later this year, Google will release Android N, but we hope that, until this happens, Marshmallow will power a much, much larger percentage of Android products. 

Have you received your Android Marshmallow update (that is, of course, if your device is eligible)? Or maybe you've bought a device that's running Marshmallow from day one? Let us know in the comments! Also, check out this table put together by redditor QuestionsEverythang, which shows the year-over-year growth changes between all Android version between April 2015 - 2016.

VersionCodenameAPIApril 2015April 2016YoY Difference
2.2Froyo80.4%0.1%∨ 0.3%
2.3.3-2.3.7Gingerbread106.4%2.6%∨ 3.8%
4.0.3-4.0.4ICS155.7%2.2%∨ 3.5%
4.1.xJelly Bean1616.5%7.8%∨ 8.7%
4.2.x1718.6%10.5%∨ 8.1%
4.3185.6%3.0%∨ 2.6%
4.4Kitkat1941.4%33.4%∨ 8.0%
5.0Lollipop215.0%16.4%^ 11.4
5.1220.4%19.2%^ 18.8%
6.0Marshmallow230%4.6%^ 4.6%

source: Android via Droid-life



1. AlikMalix unregistered

Whoa, whopping 4.6%? I'm flabbergasted. Where's my inhaler?

9. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

On another note.. Froyo never say die ^_^, Android will forever remain fragmented and *mainstream consumers will always be behind Android versions, I bet those Froyo users will get to marshmallow by 2025,lol, there's a need of another OS, hope Tizen is baked with time

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The users on Froyo will never get to MM, those devices have been EOL'd a longtime ago. It would be no different wondering when the original iPhone was going to get iOS 9, it's not going to happen.

10. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL Hahahahaha nice.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But 80% still have a more advanced mobile OS than the competition.

2. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

This is sad , only a few people can use the latest v of android … Since vanilla android is finally getting multitasking with N I recommend getting the nexus devices to avoid this situation or an iPhone

11. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Vanilla Android has had multitasking for some time.

22. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I meant multi window functionality

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You're confusing split window with multitasking. I had true multitasking on my Droid Incredible from 2009.

23. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

The sad story on android is that it's less about devices getting updated to 6.0, more about new devices launching with 6.0 that's why the market share grows. Oem decides that it's a good idea to not update your phone so you could buy a new one from them

3. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Also google better find a way to give manfucturers the latest new version of android before unveiling and releasing it so they can work faster to deluever it , i dont know if this is even possible

4. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

That's good news. It's still at an extremely low percentage but nonetheless a little better now. It's good enough to be able "say" that marshmallow actually "exists" :)

8. AlikMalix unregistered

I think it only exists because more and more people end up buying a new device that already hd this installed. I bet the ones that came with older android and got an update is actually much much less than 4.6%.

6. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

And you are complaining 50% of all windows phone users won't get Windows 10 Mobile!

13. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I don't know why this is so relevant to people. Every now and then I load up my old Android and Apple devices, so the kids can play with them (verses my current phone) I have one Apple product stuck on iOS 4, and I have three old phones on various version of Android. It all works fine with me. (although, I am frustrated about Apple apps I paid for, that won't work until I upgrade iOS, which Apple will not let me do.) Apple kind of turned their old devices into paper weights. But the old Android devices are fine.

14. f_u_006

Posts: 122; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Wow! look how time went by, i remember Gingerbread being active in more than 60% of Android devices a few years ago.

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Would be nice if T-Mobile would update their Galaxy 6 / edge phones to marshmallow

18. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Isn't this pie chart basically always the same? The previous 3 versions make up the 3 largest portions, while the newest version is roughly equivalent to all the older versions combined... Yeah, there's some flexing in the exact size of the slice but for the most part one only has to rotate the names.

19. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

It doesnt really matter. With old hardware it's as long it works fine, newest version os won't make old phone any more exciting.

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I guess updating the os is harder than making the phone.

21. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Kitkat is still the dominant build. Looks like majority of Android users are still living in 2014.

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I've got a Nexus 7 2013 on Kit Kat... I could be on Marshmallow, but I choose KK. I'm satisfied with it enough I don't feel compelled to upgrade. Conversely, my girlfriend is using the Note 4 on my account. A while back I told her she'd be getting Marshmallow and her response was: "Okay... And?" Anecdotal, but long story short... There are simply people that don't care about chasing higher numbers.

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