Ever since Google took charge of Android, each iteration of the operating system has been almost as exciting as the treats they are named after. But even the thousands of employees, a fleet of marketers and developers are not enough to help Android Marshmallow to soar new heights. Seven months into the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google has struggled to bring in even 10% of Android devices out there.
The official distribution statistics by Google show that Marshmallow now stands at 7.5% market share of all Android devices. However, the jump of Marshmallow users is significantly high, considering the 1.2% market share back in February. It is true that most previous generation Android devices will soon receive the Android 6.0 update, the growth is still below the rate Google would have expected.
Android 5.0 Lollipop (35.6%) has finally beaten 4.4 KitKat (32.5%), which was rolled out back in 2013. Jelly Bean rests a bit over 20% of the total Android market share, Ice Cream Sandwich is just afloat with 2% while Gingerbread (2.2%) and Froyo (0.1%) seem close to fading away into history.
OS adoption is something where Apple brilliantly excels at, with 84% of all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices updated to iOS 9. Admittedly, iOS 9 came out a month before Android Marshmallow and was collectively launched for all of its compatible devices at once. However, Google has been less than adequate in making the transition quicker for all Android devices.
If things seem clustered right now, remember that Google is planning to unveil Android 7.0 in just a couple of weeks from now at Google I/O 2016. The search engine giant has to figure out a way to pump up Marshmallow adoption as soon as possible because pushing Android N down the update pipeline is just going to make things worse for Google and manufacturers alike.
Are you already up to date and running Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Do you think Google can find a way to fix the fragmentation problem before it’s too late? Let us know what you think below.
Source: VR-Zone, Google
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January 15 2019