If there is one thing that Android is notorious for, it be how slowly it takes for an update to make its way to Android handsets. This is usually why despite the latest update being released for months, it is usually its predecessor that has the highest market share. This is still looking to be the case in the latest figures this month, but we guess it’s still an improvement all the same.
Last we heard, which was back in May, Android 6.0 Marshmallow was only installed on 7.5% of all Android devices on the Play Store. Fast forward to today, those numbers have risen considerably and it is now 13.3% which is a pretty significant gain. Last month those numbers were at 10.1%, so seeing it jump by 3.2% is also quite pleasing.
Android 5.x Lollipop still appears to be the leading Android platform on smartphones and it seems that its numbers haven’t exactly dipped by much. If anything it seems that Android 5.1 actually went up in distribution numbers from 20% in June to 20.8% in July which is actually rather odd, but we’re guessing it’s probably due to some OEMs who are only pushing the update out to older devices that might not support Marshmallow.
So far it seems that Marshmallow is moving along rather nicely. It’s still slow but we reckon it’s a lot better than before. It will be interesting to see how Android 7.0 Nougat will do when it is released later this year.