Android distribution: Marshmallow yet to break 20 percent share

It’s the second week of the month, which means that Google is either a little late publishing its Android platform version distribution numbers or we all haven’t been paying attention.

But September’s pie, taken from seven days of tracking Google Play Store access ending September 5, shows no sign of Nougat. Who’d think that a two-week-old OS version with very little availability would not make it to this chart?

Version Codename API Distribution Change from last month
2.2 Froyo 8 0.1% N/A
2.3.3-2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 1.5% -0.2%
4.0.3-4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 1.4% -0.2%
4.1.x-4.3 Jelly Bean 16-18 15.6% -1.1%
4.4 KitKat 19 27.7% -1.5%
5.0-5.1 Lollipop 21-22 35.0% -0.5%
6.0 Marshmallow 23 18.7% +3.5%

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, however, does continue its gain train with a jump of 3.5 percentage points to an 18.7 percent share. Taken together, variants of Jelly Bean now finally comprise less than Marshmallow’s take at 15.6 percent — version 6.0 now ranks third in share, behind Lollipop and KitKat, respectively.

Comparing the six-month growth patterns of both Marshmallow and Lollipop relative to their launches, we still find 6.0’s adoption rate lagging behind 5’s. Both software versions had their images released for Nexus devices starting in October.

Version Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept
Lollipop 3.3% 5.4% 9.7% N/A 18.1% 21.0%
Marshmallow 2.3% 4.6% 7.5% 13.3% 15.2% 18.7%

The next big milestone would be to see when Nougat breaks the 0.1% distribution threshold to appear on these monthly readings. It took Lollipop four months to notch the reading while Marshmallow poked through in two months.

Source: Android
Via: PhoneDog

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