Android 6.0 now appears on .5% of Android devices

Android 6.0 now appears on .5% of Android devices
The latest Android distribution figures have been released, and they show that Android 6.0 can now be found on .5% of Android devices. That is up 67% from last month's .3% figure, which had Google's latest Android build installed on close to the same number of units as its ancient Froyo version. Now, there is some separation between Marshmallow and Froyo. Nothing to be terribly proud of we know, but it could have been worse.

Android 6.0 seems to be slow in getting off the blocks. We might chalk this up to update fatigue. After all, the Android 5.0 and Android 5.1 updates seemed to take a lot of steam out of Android manufacturers. Speaking of Lollipop, Android 5.0 (16.3%) and Android 5.1 (13.2%) together have a 29.5% slice of the Android pie. That puts the previous-generation version of Android behind the 36.6% of devices running the more than two-year old Android 4.4 KitKat.

After KitKat comes Jelly Bean with 26.9%. This build of Android encompasses Android 4.1.x, Android 4.2.x and Android 4.3. Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.3.7), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3-4.0.4) and Froyo (2.2) round out the remaining builds listed, with 3.4%, 2.9% and .2% of Android phones running these versions, respectively.

Looking ahead, Google has just released Android 6.0.1 to certain Nexus models. The new version of the operating system includes new emoji and some minor adjustments.


source: AndroidDevelopers

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36 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon Google/OEM's. Let's get that roll out going. My 5 is ready for some 6. Just slapped 9.2 on my iDevices, now I need some M.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. MM has to be my favorite build so far. Doze and the app permissions overhaul are totally worth it.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Full App permissions is one of the biggest things keeping me away from android.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can control the permissions with marshmallow, so how is that a bad thing? That is actually a great thing for users.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He's talking about the previous versions. High chance he'll switch to Android with MM

20. Unordinary unregistered

While Android zombies repeat "had this for ever" like a broken record, the app permissions update is something they should have had ages ago. This is horrendously late. Overall, M is probably my second favorite Android update. Doze is actually amazing, and needed, and almost everything is clean. It is just a shame that it is only on POINT FIVE percent of Android devices, limited all the welcomes fixes and additions to the "80+ %market share" lol. Hopefully I will have M on my future S7 x'D

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

For the nth time it's all about business. If you want make a company with lots of phones and update them all for 5 years, you'll be bankrupt in no time. Software engineers aren't cheap. It's easy for Apple because they only release a few devices and has huge profit margins

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thus far MM has been very stable, no issues whatsoever aside form the Play store crashing on me 3 or 4 times (All within the first week and not since). You'll dig it when you get your update.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The controll given to the user is pretty cool. M is shaping up to be a nice update. I just wish Google had a way to directly send updates to non nexus devices. The carriers take too long.

32. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Iphones get to the latest iOS update on .5% of devices probably within the 2 hours, if not a higher percent than that. Androids manage to do it in about 2 months lol.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd like to see Google put their foot down on these carrier restrictions the way Apple does. Google needs to go vertical like Apple, and take that carrier control away. That would rock.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I just wanna see the numbers for the Nexus devices...And maybe excluding non-flagship devices. IMO Google should ban OEMs making phones with older Android versions after the latest version is released.

34. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They cant ban them from Android but they can from google services. They should do this starting in 2016.

5. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Wow, Windows 10 mobile had a greater percentage of upgrades even before it was released. Lol...

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

If 10 users have windows mobile, 1 has win 10, but 100000 users have Android, but 10 out of them has MM.... Windows mobile is irrelevant with percentages.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android alone sold 300 million smartphones last quarter. Not to mention the new Nexus 5X and 6P only started to sell a month ago. Now Windows Phone / 10 mobile sold 5 million phones in the same quarter.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Are you pay by Microsoft? Are they still recruiting?

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The interesting thing about Windows 10 OS for desktops is that people are not interested in upgrading to their latest OS while Google's Android people are frustrated that they cannot upgrade. It's so odd how things like that work.

26. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

m.windowscentral.com/new-study-shows-more-people-l​ove-windows-10-hate-it Tons of people have been waiting and are enjoying W10. If Android was on PC, "frustrated" wouldn't even be the word.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

70% of the global market qualifies for a free upgrade and Windows 10 still can't beat Windows XP in market share. That's why Microsoft has been force downloading the 3 to 6 GB update on user's computers prompting them to install the new OS. It's a sign of utter desperation. And as much of a joke that people think Chrome OS is, it now has more than 50% of the US market in public schools, and it's not slowing down. I love my Chromebook, and while I wouldn't be able to give up my Windows 7 desktop, I would switch to Ubuntu before going to Windows 10.

29. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

And how many months has it been since the release? It will definitely beat XP within half a year (no force upgrade). The US isn't the whole world, btw...Google's killing chrome os in 2020. Tell me..What do you think they'll end up doing to chrome OS @2020¿

30. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You can continue trying out the trolling attempt at ignoring the main point and point out other "flaws"..but the point is that a lot of users want Windows ..hence their "interest" to upgrade. I wonder what excuses you'll come up with once out beats XP.

31. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Lmao just saw the marketshare, it's like a few weeks away from beating XP you're talking as if there's a great marketshare between them both

36. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Where are you getting your data from? Windows 10 has a bigger market share than Windows XP, OS-X and Linux. OS-X holds 9.36% of the market, Windows 10 holds 10.18% of the market, Windows XP holds 8.5%, Linux holds 1.5%, and Chrome OS holds .47% of the desktop/laptop market.

6. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Nifty

9. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Moto x pure just got it today

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

My Galaxy S 6 Needs Android M....

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

There's no reason to update marshmallow, you can't tell difference between this and lollipop. Why would you want a storage hog update and end up getting more of the same interface, while 90% of the apps compatible jellybean?

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The Doze feature alone is worth the update, I've tried apps that mimicked it on Lollipop and they just didn't cut it. App permissions are also something that is awesome that Lollipop doesn't have. Then there's just the basic stability of the OS, just because the GUI doesn't look the same doesn't mean that it performs the same. Marshmallow is so much more stable than Lollipop. It also treats expanded storage like an extension of the internal storage. Built in file manager, do not disturb mode, modify the quick settings menu, Google Now on Tap... ... It's an update worth getting excited about.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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