Four months after launch, Marshmallow runs on just 1.2% of all Android devices
posted by Florin T. / Feb 02, 2016, 4:20 PM
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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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 Feb 02, 2016, 4:28 PM 5
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They can force all they want... Carrier's discretion.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 4:36 PM 0
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 5:54 PM 8
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 11:59 PM 2
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 9:03 PM 4
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 9:49 PM 8
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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 Feb 03, 2016, 4:44 AM 3
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Samsung still hasn't pushed any Marshmallow updates, other than beta versions
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 4:45 PM 3
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posted on Feb 02, 2016, 4:55 PM 2
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 5:04 PM 2
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 6:10 PM 1
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But even the ones on lollipop will be more advanced than the competition, so they're not too worried about it.
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 4:45 AM 1
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Slower rollout than Lollipop... and yet they said it would be faster.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 6:30 PM 1
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 7:17 PM 1
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 8:03 PM 3
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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 Feb 02, 2016, 8:49 PM 0
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