Marshmallow makes the Android numbers for November, but KitKat is still in the lead

Marshmallow makes the Android numbers for November, but KitKat is still in the lead
The November update of the Android platform distribution stats has been released and Android 6.0 Marshmallow has made it's first appearance on the list. Of course, Marshmallow only started its limited rollout to Nexus devices one month ago, so it isn't on very many devices. Unfortunately, Lollipop only made a minor gain this month.

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. 


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21 Comments

1. Chilidog

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

I want to see this same chart but for US only, it will be a lot different

5. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Yes hahahaha

7. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh that's right, the world is just one country: USA. The rest of us exist in some mythical non existent joke.

8. Rydsmith unregistered

Hmmmm....pretty much.

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

sadly.. we can't help seeing racists

14. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Any updates about Xposed for marshmallow?

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

10. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Not yet

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I believe this is due to better Nexus sales

6. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

As long as OEMs dont update their phone that often this wont change.

9. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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.

11. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

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?)

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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)

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

While Kit-Kat can be found on more Android devices than any other version, it is not a majority. A majority is greater than 50%.

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Gimme 6.0 on the N4 w/o ports cuhhhhh

15. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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.

17. UncleSamWantsYou

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Marsmallow is so useless, it only take 0.3% of the pie

18. Tizo101

Posts: 544; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

still on kit kat and I don't really mind, but others might Google should do something

19. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Kit Kat was really good. Lollipop kinda a disaster in the beginning. Nexus 7 still ruin.

21. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

google should just made an android version than every phone could run

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