Well, hello there, Marshmallow! Android 6.0 surfaces in Google’s latest platform stats

Every month, Google updates its developer community on the state of the Android market: just what sort of devices are being used at the moment? And while the info on screen sizes and pixel density is very interesting (especially if you’re looking for ammo to support your theory that everyone’s using a gigantic phablet these days), the meat of this report is the Android version breakdown. At a glance, we see what proportions of phones and tablets are running which versions of the mobile OS. Last time Google updated its charts, Marshmallow hadn’t yet landed – the first factory images for Nexus devices came out the same day the report was published. But now one month later we can finally see what small progress Android users have made towards adopting Android 6.0.

Unsurprisingly, Marshmallow’s share of the market is pretty meager, as few users have had the opportunity to upgrade (or pick up one of the new Nexus phones). All told, we’re looking at Marshmallow on about 0.3 percent of all Android models.

That’s just part of the story, though, and we also see solid motion for Lollipop: while one month ago Lollipop held a combined 23.5 percent of the market (including both Android 5.0 and 5.1 builds), that’s now up to 25.6 percent, mainly due to Android 5.1 growth. Both KitKat and Jelly Bean are down about one percent each.

With the arrival of new phones running Android 6.0 out of the box like the HTC One A9, will next month’s stats reveal even more pronounced Marshmallow growth? We’ll have those new figures in just a few more weeks.

Source: Google

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