Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (poll results)

Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (poll results)
With over a billion devices sold in 2014, Android is properly ubiquitous. And behind that success? The open nature of the software — everyone, including you and me, can download the core code and fiddle with it and then sell it. You only pay for a license to use Google's suite of apps (like the Play Store).

Naturally, this means that pretty much every phone maker does mess with the code, and in result we've got hundreds upon hundreds of variations of Android, all requiring specific attention and very real work when a new update knocks on the door. And that's why in the context of Android, you'll often see the word 'fragmentation' thrown around. And it's true enough — even a year after Android Lollipop was released, the majority of the population is still stuck on an older build. But which one in particular? That's what we wanted to know, so we asked you!

According to the finalized results, a whopping 65.51% of our readers (who participated) are already on one of the Lollipop builds, which is a nice, 20% jump compared with the results from our identical March poll. With a little over 16%, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is second — which is kind of impressive, even suspect — followed by KitKat with about 10%. Alas, even at the end of 2015, we still have a few dozens of people stuck in time, rocking an Android Froyo or Gingerbread device. A moment of silence, everyone.

Anwyays, here are the results from today and back in March, side-by-side, followed by an official chart detailing the global split:

Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (December 2015)

Android 2.2 Froyo
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1--4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Which version of Android is your smartphone running on? (March 2015)

Android 2.2 Froyo
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I remember when Google released ICS. The whole android community went crazy...lol. That was when people started to take notice of Android.

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

now come on PA you know there is no one below 4.0 on android that phone would be almost 4 years to 5 years, thats just trolls clicking on the lowest to try and mess the poll up. you should do a poll and have to put the phone u have and version that way its easier to tell who is telling a big fat lie

10. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Screw You. I still use my T-Mobile (LG) G2x, still on 2.3.3(!) together with my Galaxy Note 3 (5.0,) a weird Android tablet from our ISP (4.2.2,) and a 2012 Nexus 7 (5.1.1.)

16. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I'am still using a phone which is still on gingerbread .been using it for like 4 years

2. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014


4. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

android article and the first thing you do is mention apple...

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Am surprised you're here considering its an Android article. Look who is calling the kettle black.

18. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I use android and respect much of what it offers. Did I hate on anything? Also, can I say the same to you since you pay more attention to Apple than android?

5. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Lol If the word krapple is banned, isheep should also be banned

3. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Both my Zenfone 2 and Xperia ZL are on Android 5.0

6. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I'm rocking that marshmallow on the 6p. Best phone ever.

22. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

This is the truth!

8. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Android 5.1 is pretty smooth and stable... I don't see what's the point of an updating, rather update by buying a new phone and Android handsets are so cheap you can buy a new one every month without a problem.

9. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014


11. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I just updated to 6.0.1 yesterday. I suppose that for the next couple years I'll be ahead of the curve. The Nexus 6P rocks!

12. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

KitKat FTW! More stable, less filling.

13. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... Am running 4.2 jelly bean on my tablet...

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

5.1.1 here with the Note 5. From what I've seen of Marshmallow on this same device, I can wait forever for an update. I don't see anything worth rushing to upgrade too because nothing on my device will change. Most of the changes are under the hood.

17. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I currently use KitKat and Im happy bout it.


Posts: 655; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

As far as Android goes KitKat will never be surpassed.. Unless google decides to natively support unlocked bootloaders, root privilege, and custom recovery on the later versions.

20. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I got crappy lollipop. That's the last stop for me unless I root my devices.

21. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Why bother taking doing a pool when you can guess the poll results easily before. I mean, of course it's Lolipop that has the majority, the majority who come to this website surely are using a flagship and most android flagships are on last years lollipops. It's normal.

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