Android Marshmallow now on 13.3% of all Android devices, up from 10.1% last month

Android Marshmallow now on 13.3% of all Android devices, up from 10.1% last month
The latest Android distribution figures are here, and it seems that Marshmallow has grown in popularity. The latest officially released Android flavor has been powering 13.3% of all active Android devices in June, which is a substantial increase over its 10.1% distribution figures for May 2016.

Lollipop remains the most popular Android version, being found on 35.1% of all active devices last month. Close second comes KitKat, which powered 30.1% devices throughout June. 

All the previous Android versions are gradually getting phased out, with the exception of Android Froyo, the 6-year-old version of the OS, which was still at the heart of 0.1% of all 'Droids last month. Talk about immortality!

However, the distribution of Android's versions is not that important when you compare it with Google's own Play Services - having an up-to-date version of the latter is much more important. 

Yet, we can't wait to see what Android 7.0 Nougat's distribution will be once it hits us later this year. Check out our preview to find out if you should get excited about it... or not.


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1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well marshmallow is going to be a year old soon and it only has a 13% reach with N on the way. Sounds like fragmentation to me.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It may be a year when it was announced. But the Android code was delayed until this year.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Api and service are the most important and with android you get those always no matter what os version you running. So you can keep thats perfect stable version you like and can still get all apps tp work flawlessly. On ios you are almost forced to update and its often create major issues. You see in life everything has two side.

26. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well, yes it is, have a said otherwise? But read comment #9, one of the rare moments GreenMan made sense

3. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I want to know how many of those devices are flagships and upper mid ranges of their respective years.

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You can kinda get that info by checking screen sizes and DPI of displays:

5. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Bow down to the immortal Froyo!

17. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

13.3% is big number ??

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When it involves billions of devices. Then it sure is a big number.

20. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Does this number include all the non-phones that use Android? Security systems, TV remotes, cameras and many other uses of Android will never get updates. Are they factored into those percentages?

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Most probably thats how you play number to make an os inferior.

25. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

This probably has more to do with people buying newer phones than companies actually giving a damn about updates. Still sucks.

28. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

New version doesn't = your phone becomes less functional or operable. While there are some design changes or minor (more or less) functionality improvements with each passing number, we need to remember the model in which Android is founded upon. It's unreasonable to expect mass-adoption rates of firmware revisions when your platform is open-sourced, running on hundreds of different hardware models and modified by various outside parties to fit their needs for differentiation. With this being the case, each version of the firmware needs to undergo a process of modification and quality assurance checks before it can be commercially issued to the end-user. Basically, you pick a platform that best suits your own desires and/or needs. There's no wrong or right platform from a factual standpoint because they both have their benefits and downsides over the other. iOS: Closed sourced: quick adoption rate of the latest firmware; certain Apps slightly more fine-tuned due to limited hardware selection and more stringent App Store policy regulation Android: Open sourced: competitive choice between hardware at different price points; software differentiation; many additional optional multi-tasking features; more user control over their software and how they want it to cater to them

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A fair assessment.

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