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

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



1. manzer

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

4. handsomparis

Posts: 118; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

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

12. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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

23. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 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 :)

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

3. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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

13. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Untrue: all 3 carrier variants of the S6 in Korea have received the update. But yeah, they suck at updates.

5. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

1%er! Woot!

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

6. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

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

7. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

8. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

what is marshmallow?

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014


11. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

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

14. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

15. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Sad and quiet pathetic.

16. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

18. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

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

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

19. nscian2

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 14, 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.

20. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

21. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

22. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 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). :)

28. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

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

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