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



1. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

it's August 2016 and still no Marshmallow for Note 4 here in the Philippines!

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The only phone with guarantee Android OS upgrade are recent Nexus phones and perhaps Motorola recent flagship. Samsung flagship phones no longer get the update like it use too! At most one gen update and that's it. The reason is there no profit or benefit for them to give their customer free software upgrade. In fact it's discourage customer from buying their new models. So unless they want to slow down your phone to make you more willing to buy their new models or charge you a profitable sum for new software upgrades. That's the way it's going to be. Don't fool yourself into believing there would be software upgrades.

10. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

..and that's the reason why I am waiting for MM, 'coz I won't upgrade my phone until next year. No to Note 5, no to Note 7. No removable battery (I have 2 batteries with external battery charger) and No IR blaster are deal breakers for me. Already thinking of rooting my phone and install ported Note 5 ROM.

13. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

No guarantees that it will work as it should. I personally hate the idea of consumer becoming a grease monkey in 2016 just update his device. Reminds me of 1995 when thing where P'n'C (Plug and Config), then maybe you will get them to Play, but that's how things where back then. Doing this 20 years later... abysmal.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The days of high end phone with removable battery are over. Samsung give me a spare battery for Note 3 launch product gift. So I still using my Note 3 after 2 years of purchase. Guess what it's work like new because I know how to maintain my phone software and battery care. Battery are chemical electricity, store charge by changing chemical state. A long rest period of low 15% remaining charge for one month work to restore back the battery capacity and performance. Apple knows this so they are the first to seal up the battery. Others soon follow the practice as it gain consumer acceptance. No point crying over spilled milk, removable battery in high end phone is never coming back.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Same state of affair in Singapore

6. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Latest isn't always the greatest, although my Note 4 is on MM, I might get it back to KK which has the best battery life. All the doze doesn't help, overall it's poorer by about 20-25%

9. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Same here.. I keep switching back from MM to 5.1.1 on my note 4. So far 5.1.1 seem to offer the best battery life and smooth response for me..

16. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Keep waiting, you'll another device by then.

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Die Froyo! Die!

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Pretty Odd KitKat is still really widely used.

7. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

marshmallow user here... kitkat and lollipop don't missed out anyhthing important

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I do find marshmallow to be better for my Nexus 6 battery life. About 20% more battery juice after a long day without changing the phone. Nice but not a must have because every app still work the same regardless of KK or MM.

11. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Can't believe my Moto X 2014 never got 6.0. Bring on Marlin

14. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

Never, companies want your money! On Android you have freedom... to become a greese monekey, so update it yourself!

12. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

Android fragmentation is just horrible...

17. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

My Sony Xperia Z3 had Kitkat, Lollipop and now Marshmallow, I wonder if it'll get Nougat!

18. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Bad News: No.

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