Google has recently posted its current figures for the distribution of the Android platform version, and it is not surprising. As older Android versions reduce in usage, the Marshmallow and Lollipop versions’ presence continue to grow, with the biggest growth being seen for Android 5.1.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google’s most recent operating system version has not yet hit the 1% version share distribution mark, but it does come close with 0.7%. Android 5.0 and 5.1 versions on the other hand are steady leading in second with 32% share in the version distribution. Dominating the distribution share is KitKat with around 36%, though this percentage hasn’t really been stable since it dropped by 0.5 percent. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 to 4.3 drops to 24.7 percent, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to 2.7 percent, falling to 3.0 percent is Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 2.2 Froyo remains at a 0.2 percentage share.
As expected, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade has not yet hit some of the most popular Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy range devices while newly launched devices are still not consistently being shipped preloaded with Android Marshmallow out of the box. However, these numbers are expected to change as we move forward into the first quarter of 2016.
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