Latest data from Google shows Marshmallow installed on 15.2% of Android devices

A little earlier than usual, Google has released its monthly Android distribution data. For the seven days ended on August 1st, Android 6.0 Marshmallow was found to be installed on 15.2% of Android devices that visited the Google Play Store during that week. This was a 14% increase from the 13.3% of Android devices that were running Marshmallow in last month's report.

With a 35.5% slice of the pie, Android 5.0 Lollipop was the build of Google's open source OS found on the most Android devices. Even with the gain in Marshmallow users, Android 5.0 also rose from the 35.1% share it had last month. Android 4.4 KitKat was next with 29.2% followed by Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean (16.7%), Android 2.33-2.37 Gingerbread (1.7%) and Android 4.0.3-4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (1.6%). Remember Froyo? Android 2.2 is still on .1% of Android devices. The Google Play Store app, which is where this data is mined from, supports Android 2.2 and higher.

The next Android build, Android 7.0 Nougat, is expected to launch as soon as later this month. As usual, Nexus handsets will be the first to be updated. However, there is speculation that the Nexus 5 will not be receiving the update. If true, that means that the Nexus 6 and up will be updated. After the Nexus devices, the Google Play edition handsets should be next to receive Android 7.0.

source: AndroidDevelopers

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