Marshmallow's big gains continue in latest Android distribution figures

Marshmallow's big gains continue in latest Android distribution figures
Android's infamous for its fragmentation, and no matter how feature-packed and must-have a new platform release seems, it's inevitably going to be a matter of months before many users beyond Nexus owners get access. Lately we've been charting the rise of Marshmallow, and Google's most recent Android distribution numbers show Marshmallow adoption taking on some real momentum.

Back at the beginning of March, Marshmallow was seriously hard to come by: only about 2.3% of Android users the world around were operating a 6.0 device. But March marked the beginning of new era for Marshmallow, as MWC-launched flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7 started shipping with Android 6.0 already on board. Between users buying such new handsets, and more and more Marshmallow updates arriving for existing Android phones, its numbers were on the way up.

By the start of April, Marshmallow usage had outright doubled, and 4.6% of Android users were on Google's most modern platform release.

Now Google's got its latest figures out, and Marshmallow's picked up another 2.9% of the market, bringing its total share up to 7.5% of all Android devices in use. That's still a long, long way to go to catch up with Lollipop's 35.6%, but it nevertheless represents some serious progress over just a few short months, and as more and more new phones launch with Marshmallow present, we expect to see that gap start closing fast.

When shopping for a new phone, do you find yourself preferentially seeking out Marshmallow-running models? Is the promise of a Marshmallow update “eventually” no longer enough? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

source: Google via Droid Life



1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

My brother still keeps his first smartphone, the Xperia Arc. It is rocking Android 4.0.4 just fine.

15. bmold86

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Love my Xperia Ray - I keep it around and keep going back to it but it always ends up feeling slow... I want to stay on stock GB/ICS but not sure how to increase performance

17. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Custom rom is your best bet. The one i installed for my brother has been running smooth and stable for 2 years now.

2. kishore2908

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

God save the 0.1% of phones on 2.2 (Froyo)

19. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Die Froyo!

3. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

2 things are wrong with this article: 1) The article mentions MM jumped 2.3% from 4.6 to 7.9%, which is wrong 2) MM now has a 7.5% share, according to the picture.

10. StephenS

Posts: 18; Member since: May 02, 2016


4. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

My brother still has an old tablet which runs on 4.1.2 so do two cousins of mine. They really should upgrade.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I love Marshmallow, it sped up my HTC Desire Eye like as if it's brand new cause it squashed nearly all the bugs Lollipop brought :)

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I was quite surprised when HTC updated the Desire Eye to MM very soon. IMO, it has a better design than the M8, an underated flagship at that time.

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm even more proud of my HTC D.E as it updated to MM sooner than the competition like the Samsung Note 4 and 5, S5, 6 and 7 & all Sony Z flagships of '14 & '16 Indeed it's a Very underrated phone at best, HTC dropped the ball for this poor guy, if only they included OIS and 4K on both cameras, give a bigger battery and didn't have those horrible buttons, this could've sold like hot potatoes

16. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

It's reasonable really. If they put all that into the Desire Eye, the M8 would become obsolete.

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Where android N's dp previews's % ?

7. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

I'll probably be ridiculed for this, but In my opinion I think the latest Kit Kat build was/is the best Android version Google has come out with so far. It was such a huge jump from previous versions, and every build since seems to have had memory issues, battery issues, performance issues, etc... Just my two cents.

8. Furbal unregistered

I agree I miss 4.4.1 and it's stability

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not if your phone have proper spec :-/

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

We thought it was a good news, until it shows 7.5%...

13. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

They aren't exactly big gains when the overwhelming majority of Android users are still using a version that's three years old.

18. Ne0Freedom

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Still got my HTC Nexus One, running on Gingerbread God knows which devices runs Froyo... T-Mobile G1 ?

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The original Droid or Moto Milestone. A 3.7 screen phone with a slide out keyboard.

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