Last month it was reported that Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s distribution numbers were at 13.3%. Now thanks to the latest numbers from Google, it looks like Marshmallow’s distribution numbers have risen and it is now at 15.2%, as you can see in the table and pie chart above, which is actually a pretty decent increase considering Android’s history.
As expected the increase in Marshmallow’s figures came at the expense of older Android builds. For example Lollipop 5.0 saw a dip from 14.3% to 14.1%. Interestingly enough version 5.1 increased from 20.8% to 21.4% so we can’t say for sure why that is, but perhaps there might have been a surge in purchases of handsets running the OS. Older Android builds also saw a decrease, like KitKat dropping from 30.1% to 29.2%, Gingerbread from 1.9% to 1.7%, and Ice Cream Sandwich from 1.7% to 1.6%.
Of course Marshmallow still has a pretty long way in terms of being distributed across Android devices compared to iOS 9, but we think that its pace seems to have improved from before. As for Google’s next major Android update, we have heard the rumors suggesting that it could be released later this month. We have to wonder what Android 7.0 Nougat’s distribution could look like compared to Marshmallow? Will it be adopted at a faster pace? We guess we’ll have to wait and see.