Marshmallow makes the Android numbers for November, but KitKat is still in the lead
posted by Michael H. / Nov 05, 2015, 5:13 PM
Android 4.4 KitKat is still the number one version of Android in the wild at 37.8%, down slightly from 38.9% last month. Lollipop (Android 5.0 and 5.1) adds up to 25.6%, which is up from last month when it was at 23.5%. Jelly Bean was the only other version to make a significant move, dropping from 30.2% in October to 29% now.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow made the list with a slim 0.3%. But, that number might actually be a bit more impressive than it sounds, because Lollipop took a few months before it showed up on the list after its release last year. Of course, there is the possibility that Google artificially held back Lollipop's numbers, because the threshold is supposed to be 0.1%, but when Lollipop first showed up it was at 1.6% in February of 2015. It's kind of hard to imagine that Lollipop made a jump like that in one month after starting its rollout in November of 2014. So, we can't really say for sure how Marshmallow is comparing.
source: Android platform distribution
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I want to see this same chart but for US only, it will be a lot different
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 5:18 PM 2
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Oh that's right, the world is just one country: USA. The rest of us exist in some mythical non existent joke.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 5:47 PM 13
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I have to agree with you, alot of flagships/ midranges are sold in US, which are updated. Plus, in US, many of the lowend phones come with the latest preinstalled, while you can still get phone in some places sold new with KK or even GB.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 7:25 PM 0
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Any updates about Xposed for marshmallow?
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 5:19 PM 1
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posted on Nov 05, 2015, 5:21 PM 2
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What a sad set of stats, I'm a huge Nexus and Android fan but 8 years later and it's still a miserable state of affairs for Android updates. Kitkat is more than 2 years old, yet the majority of Android phones run them. If you make excuses for Google not stepping up and doing something about this than your not really an android fan, because what's the worse that can happen when everyone complains about an issue, They will fix it? Fandroids need to get their heads out of apples behind and start calling Google out for the flaws they have. Now more than ever exploits are found and our phones Carry more personal data, so having the latest build is pretty essential these days.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 5:51 PM 5
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It's not Google's flaws. Android is free, any brand may use it and does so. That also means that they are free to provide updates like they want to. The problem coming from this is fragmentation. Too many brands that don't care about updating a phone (when selling something cheap, like a chinese android phone around the block, why update it?)
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 6:26 PM 8
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Part and parcel of the Android platform. Freedom has its price, too many brands, too many models, too many stakeholders e.g carriers. Make your Android phone purchase with both eyes open. Avoid cheap unknown brands if software update is important to you. They don't have the logistic resources to update their older phone model. 1) Buy Nexus (first to get full OS upgrade/patches) 2) Buy Motorola Pure (slower than Nexus but you get microSD card slot to compensate)
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 8:28 PM 1
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I'm one of those who found Marshmallow's arrival kind of too fast, although yes Lollipop's was fast too, but its adaptation on Android devices especially those that came from other OEMs is literally on the slow side. I hope OEMs can catch up fast enough.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 7:31 PM 0
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