June's Android distribution figures are released; Android 6.0 is now on top

A leading 31.2% of Android phones are running on the Marshmallow build of Android

A leading 31.2% of Android phones are running on the Marshmallow build of Android

If it's the first week of the new month, it must be time to take a look at the latest Android distribution numbers. And as you might suspect, the percentage of Android phones using the latest Android 7.0-7.1.1 builds (Nougat) has increased. This time, the addition amounts to 2.4 percentage points, thus taking Nougat's share to 9.5%. The biggest slice of the pie belongs to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), which now can be found on 31.2% of Android devices. That is followed by the 30.8% of Android flavored phones and tablets that are powered by Android 5.0-5.1 (Lollipop). Last month it was Lollipop that had a slight lead over Marshmallow. But more Android 5.0-5.1 users are exchanging their handsets in for a new model, which has the effect of giving Android 6.0 the top spot.

In third place is Android 4.4 (KitKat) with 18.1%, followed by Nougat's 9.5%. Android 4.1.x-4.3 (JellyBean) now is found on 8.8% of Android phones. That leaves a tie between Android 4.0.3-4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and Android 2.3.3-2.37 (Gingerbread) for last place.  Both of these builds have .8% of the Android market.

Keep in mind that the figures are based on data collected over a seven-day period that ended June 7th. Next month, we should see Nougat continue to gain share while Lollipop continues to fade, and Marshmallow barely moves. So if we were to predict next month's top Android build, we'd expect Marshmallow to make it two straight months at the top.

source: AndroidDevelopers via AndroidAuthority

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28 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3083; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It's sad to see that Android O is going to get released soon and nougat is very scarce. How will Google ever fix this problem?

2. Awalker

Posts: 1954; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's not up to Google to fix. It's the problem of the OEMs and they're not going to do anything unless there's a huge consumer outcry. Until that happens the status quo will remain. Those who care about updates should get a Google or Apple device.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6591; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's also carriers, they also add their own bloat, and since those smartphones come locked. It's up to the carriers​ to send the ota updates. Unless you have an unlocked smartphone.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 6591; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What kills me is that 9.5% is actually huge. With 1.32 billion Android smartphones that sold in 2016 alone, and another 300 million Android smartphones that sold in Q1 2017. That 9.5% works out to 154 million Android smartphones with the the latest Android Nougat version installed.

26. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

The truth is that it's totally wrong for OEMs and carriers to work on this. Who should take up this question is only Google. But of course, for this, Android should be better schematized.

14. piyath

Posts: 2443; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yes it's up to google you dumb ass.. They are very incompetent and don't care about this fragmentation issue. Google was never about quality and clean technology implementation, but selling more and more cheap or free stuff and popularize their products.

15. tedkord

Posts: 16978; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can just hear the rage from you. Year after year, Android dominates sales figures and the top reviewed phone is an Android phone (usually a Samsung model,which really raises the temperature of your rump to a whole new level).

19. Awalker

Posts: 1954; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

He's getting very emotional about this. I wonder why it bothers him so much.

24. tedkord

Posts: 16978; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's jealousy driven anger.

27. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Response to Post #2 It's Google, yes. OEM should only worry about what is theirs. And Android is not theirs. What they are is the launcher and embedded applications (such as updates related to it). The rest (security patches, minority and major updates) are the ones who designed the operating system.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I believe most of those devices running old versions of android are mostly cheap sub $100 phones that never gets any update.

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1414; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Exactly.

6. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

So about 60% of android phones being used are cheap? Never would have guessed

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not as cheap as trolls like you though.

8. audibot

Posts: 570; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

not even older ones would be phones given to babies to play with or those cheap china android head units not phones

21. bucky

Posts: 3764; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

on the other end, the only reason you are seeing Android M higher is because of Samsung.

7. audibot

Posts: 570; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

cant because of carriers. biggest problem is what the hell is out there running 4.4 or lower sidekick in the congo or somewhere like that, i wish they would do what apple does and brick older devices to push people to upgrade, even free phones have 6 or higher

5. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Who the hell still uses Gingerbread????

9. audibot

Posts: 570; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

right nothing really runs on gb anymore i see people like Nigerians have old phones with kk or gb on them because its used to call africa with phone card, or disposable phones

28. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Response to Post #5. Probably the people who still insist on Galaxy Y, Galaxy Pocket, Galaxy Ace, Optimus L3, Motosmart, etc.

11. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

the statistic has spoken, 90% of android user did not upgrade to Noughtygat because of two reason, 1. Android sofware are more of the same, and boring, no reason to update 2. They cannot afford to buy the latest device thus stuck to the older version for the next three years

13. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Once again you shown us you're quite full of it

16. tedkord

Posts: 16978; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Delete

17. tedkord

Posts: 16978; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Response to Post #11. The only statistic that has spoken is your IQ, and it's lower than Froyo's current distribution percentage. The only thing dumber than you is PA's comment system, which can't seem to put replies under the comments to which they're written.

23. djcody

Posts: 197; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I can show you better model, I know a lot people who buy iPhone on credit for they self and kids than can't afford a lot other stuff but who cares they got cool stuff :) or driving unsafe car for great gadget. I will never put my family safety over anything, specially seeing how people drive now with face in phone. My wife just been rear end on high way, her big suv come out with just broken bumper other guy get towed away with complete front damage and bleeding face, he was texting, no insurance!!! this should be answer to post #11

18. smartMartian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

wohoo!! finally I will get nougat in next couple of years, thankyou Google, Verizon and Sammy!! can't tell how much I love u all!!

20. whatev

Posts: 2029; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Tragic

22. djcody

Posts: 197; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I'm a android user from very start of it and is sad that google never figure out push updates directly. with that big cash machine I would expect one major update and security updates for 3 years. Looks like they just care for cash flow and number of accounts in google. I wish there is more players in mobile os industry now we have duopoly which not going be broke very soon or at all in future. I know everything is possible but can't see it for now.

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