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Android Marshmallow distribution hits all-time high!

Marshmallow has finally gained traction and is being used by a significant portion of Android users, new data shows. Google published distribution data for the most popular versions of Android, with its analysis taken from usage during the seven-day period to September 5. It shows that Marshmallow has finally gained significant share about one year after it was first released. 

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Marshmallow is finally on devices. / © AndroidPIT

As you can see in Google's pie chart below, the most recent versions of Android are the most pervasive. This might come as little surprise but, as we see every year, the newest release takes many months to find its way to users. The often slow update release cycle from manufacturers and carriers create bottlenecks that lead to fragmentation within the ecosystem. 

Marshmallow is running on 18.7 percent of devices, while Lollipop (with versions 5.0 and 5.1 combined) is the most pervasive at 35 percent. However, KitKat, which is about three years old, still runs on 27.7 percent of devices to be the second-most popular Android version. 

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Here is the evidence that Marshmallow is on devices. / © Android Developer

Which version of Android are you using? Stuck on an old OS and wanting to upgrade? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • Marshmallow on my UMI 'Super'. No skin, stock Android

  • Galaxy s5 sm-G900az with cricket still running 5. 0 lollipop.. Will cricket update.. What can i do.. Help.. I want MM...

  • It is unfair, because MyPhone of my36 still lollipop 5.1 it is not update long time. So I can't wait for it. I need to update for marshmallow 6.0 that I want. Please I need your help! Thank you

  • Google need to learn from Apple and take control of software updates !!

    • I wish it could be this simple! When a new version is released, let us have it straight away!

  • Jennifier 2 months ago Link to comment

    I'M Still Using Lollipop ! Will soon Upgrade to marshmallow. :-)

  • 18.7 percent after 1 year is beyond pathetic. And I quote from another article "Just 24 hours after launch, adoption of iOS 10 is sitting at 14.86 percent of Apple mobile devices, according to tracking data published on Wednesday."

  • Paolo 2 months ago Link to comment

    My Xperia Z2 is on Marshmallow, and it's AMAZING how a three ish year old device can run this smooth a heavy software. Impressive is an understatement.

  • MM 6.1 stockfirmware but rooted so I could remove bloat ware.

  • The Droid Turbo still has not gotten Marshmallow even though Motorola promised it would get. It seems Verizon doesn't want to update it to Marshallow. They last patched it May.

    • Don't hold your breath Davin...

    • Paolo 2 months ago Link to comment

      Why even be on Verizon in the first place? If that's literally the only network in your area, or you got a big discount from their overpriced plans through an employee you know, then I won't blame you. But if T-Mobile actually is good in your area, why are you even on Verizon? They're horrible with updating, period.

  • Gokul R 2 months ago Link to comment

    using Mmallow in my honor 4x, with all improved technologies and design

  • peter 2 months ago Link to comment

    I am using Mashmallow 6.01 my device is HTC desire 820,I am satisfied with this version

  • vikaa 2 months ago Link to comment

    stuck on lollipop, want to upgrade on marshmallow

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