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Android Distribution Updated for November 2015 – Marshmallow Debuts!

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Google updated the Android distribution numbers today for the month of November to show any changes or shifts that have taken place within the past month. The numbers aren’t wildly different this time around, but we are seeing the debut of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the chart. 

With the launch of the new Nexus devices and over-the-air (OTA) updates to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus 7 (2013), Android 6.0 squeaks in a 0.3%. The cutoff is 0.1%, so yeah, it just barely made it.

As for the rest of the numbers, we saw a jump for Lollipop 25.6% (from 23.5%), while most of the rest of the versions all dropped. KitKat now sits at 37.8% (from 38.9%), Jelly Bean at 29% (from 30.2%), and Ice Cream Sandwich at 3.3% (3.4%). Gingerbread (3.8%) and Froyo (0.2%) are where they were and probably will be.

You can see last month’s numbers here.

Via:  Android Developers
  • Nexus 5 (2013). I finally updated my phone from 4.4.4 to 5.1.1 in October. After only having the phone since May 2014, I was tempted last year to update to Lollipop, but then there were reported issues and updates being announced. So I figured I’d wait until January.

    Then there were even more issues and rumors of a 5.1 update incoming. So I waited and March brought the 5.1, but there were still some reported problems.

    Then on top of all of that, I bought my first house with my fiance in January 2015, and we needed to get moved in and continue to prepare for our June wedding. So I wasn’t going to try and risk updating during that time period.

    After the wedding and honeymoon, there was Heartbleed and more updates/patches. So I figured I check it again later in the fall. As Marshmellow was set for arrival, I checked reports and everything seemed good, though there were folks that still had issues. But I felt more confident.

    One day downloaded OTA updates. First, 5.0, then 5.0.1, then 5.1, then 5.1.1. Now I’m good for the next year while Marshmellow is cooked to perfection.

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  • capecodcarl

    I know at least two people at work that have OG Droids running Gingerbread. I offered them a Bionic and a Rezound I had laying in the drawer from when I had Verizon but they weren’t interested.

    • Austin

      but but the OG droid never received Gingerbread xD

      • capecodcarl

        Oh man, you’re right… They must still be running Froyo since they are on stock firmware, which is even worse. I was thinking it had a Gingerbread update because I remember running it on mine, but that was Cyanogenmod 7.

  • anthony scoggins

    Just received update on my n6 Verizon.

  • Geekdad

    Still waiting on Marshmallow for my 6P.

    • Austin

      pretty sure that the 6p ships with marshmallow

  • elemeno

    FGIJKLM… poor Honeycomb

  • DannyGE

    Nexus 7 (2013) here, but still no OTA.

    • for marshmallow? Flash it! It’s worth it. Doze is real!

    • gokusimpson

      Got my OTA yesterday

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    • im still amazed that the people with Nexus devices wait for OTAs….you could flash the images in under 5 minutes and still keep all data

      • Bigmatt503

        I am glad that someone else feels the same as me about owning a Nexus device!!! Why did these people buy a Nexus in the first place? I have always considered them a niche device for tinkerers.

        • To be fair, they’ve gotten better for consumers and actually get marketed with commercials now….on TVs…..that aren’t casting YouTube!

        • John

          Because it still requires inputting command lines in prompt and not everyone wants to do it?

          • Bigmatt503

            good point and taking the plunge into adb and root is not for everyone

          • MastermindDrew

            Even a monkey can click a bat file. Linux users know how to run a script. Its all automated. Root not required. Simply reboot you phone into Fastboot. Grab file from Google. Simple

        • Lucky Armpit

          Got to remember that just because one bought a Nexus phone doesn’t mean one is a tinkerer. Perhaps they simply wanted to experience Android without any sort of bloat (I’m looking at you, Verizon and Samsung). Not all tech enthusiasts like tinkering.

          • Bigmatt503

            that a valid point and I have been seeing more ads on prime time tv

      • pseudoswede

        There was no upgrade path for those who installed LMY48T onto their Nexus 7s…until today.

  • Chris Hughes

    Still got my droid X rocking Froyo! My son uses it as a camera! lol

    • Detonation

      Why Froyo? It got an official OTA to Gingerbread

      • Chris Hughes

        Maybe it is GB. I just laugh that that thing is still running. My son is 4 and just beats the hell out of it….he’s had it for a year or so. But it’s fun to see the photos he’s taken randomly

        • drimbable

          Ahhhh, sometimes I miss the durability of the old Android phones.

          • yeah my Droid 2 R2D2 still works. Its in its box now though lol, my GalaxyN and N5 though…not so much

  • mcdonsco

    Seriously don’t get the point of these numbers…fragmentation will ALWAYS exist with Android.

  • Nikhil Rathi

    Atleast this gives me an approx. figure of number of nexus devices (5, 5x, 6, 6p, 7, 9, nexus player) out there..taking number of active android devices to 1billion, 0.3% gives 3 million, assuming everyone updated their nexus’ to Marshmallow.

    • Sruly J

      1. It’s over 1 billion devices. That number was released last year.

      2. Not everyone got their 5X/ 6P, so those devices didn’t check into servers.

      3. Not all Nexus devices got their OTA yet.

      4. Custom Roms are already being developed for N4 and other devices.

      (OK, point 4 was a guess, but still.)

      • michael arazan

        All nexus 6 forums at Reddit say no one has received the OTA yet from the Big 4 carriers, and no one at AndroidCentral forums have received it yet either. I have read 2 people here in the comments “claiming” to have received the OTA but never specified what device.

  • editorinchimp

    3/4ths are using a version of android at least two years old. This has to stop.

    • DC_Guy

      Obviously this is the fault of the people who bought something other than a Nexus 5 or later. LOL

    • PC_Tool

      It really doesn’t matter as much as most folks seem to think beyond 4.1. Most (and I am talking by a vast majority) apps support 4.1+ – meaning less than 10% of devices (probably largely unused as actual phones) are incompatible.

  • Patrick Star

    Hey, at least they’re making progress.

  • youGameDeal

    4 million people on marshmallow. 2.8 million devices on froyo

  • ckilps

    they should just stop all support for devices before ICS

    • Tim Massing

      This just shows what people are using, not what they are supporting.

      • ckilps

        The way they get these number is the device connection to the play store. They updated to play store to not support 2.2 to 2.7, they would not be on the chart. Like honeycone 3.0 and donut 1.5 the devices are still out there it is just that the the play store no long supports them

    • Chris

      While I would feel bad for the users with these devices not being able to use the Play Store, I feel this is the only way for those super old versions to finally die off.

      • bboyairwreck

        To cut those users off would be cutting millions of dollars of advertisement revenue. While it’s a good idea to get people to upgrade, I doubt that’s ever gonna happen.

  • ChrisI

    Apple must be having a good laugh at these pie charts.

    • Nunyur_Biznezz

      comparing Apple’s and Oranges. Apple a-holes like you are yet another reason I’ll never buy any Apple product. I don’t want to become a mindless sheeple a-hole. Congrats on showing your a-holeness Apple FANBOI.

    • netanil

      iOS is all over the place too.
      You still have people freaking out over upgrades and potential problems. Many stick with the older versions instead of upgrading to the latest version.

      • ChrisI

        I don’t own an iPhone, so no skin in the game here. But a quick glance on Apple site shows 91% on 8 or 9 — 70% on “Marshmallow” and 21% on “Lollipop”. This really is where Android suffers IMO: outdated fragmentation and a huge # of devices that NEVER see updates.
        Just funny, that’s all.

        • Sruly J

          The thing people also need to keep in mind is that based on how many total devices are running each OS, the percentage for each version is different when translated to the other OS.

          • ChrisI

            not following you….

          • Sruly J

            As of July 2014, there were over 1 Billion Android Devices. That number has risen since then.

            Now, because Android has more of a market share than iOS, logic dictates that there are NOT 1 Billion iOS devices.

            With that in mind 1% of Android devices is NOT the same as 1% of iOS devices.

            In other words, you can’t compare percentages for how many devices are on each software number unless you know the exact numbers of devices both Android and iOS have.

            Even after that, since percentage numbers are rounded generally, you’d be off by a lot.

          • ChrisI

            Whether there’s 100 HTC Thunderbolts or 100,000 HTC Thunderbolts, the fact that they’re all on Gingerbread (or whatever version), I don’t see how the number of devices matters. Maybe I’m misunderstanding your post.

          • Sruly J

            I’ll explain myself clearer later.

          • Bigmatt503

            Excuse you… Thunderbolt stopped at ICS. lol

        • slingslaw

          There’s some pretty good stats on IOS here: https://david-smith.org/iosversionstats/

          But it’s also the nature of the beast, as Apple controls their OS distribution and Google does not. A more fair comparison would be to just show OS differences between Nexus phones and iPhones.

          • michael arazan

            I would hope so since they only have 1 device per year, and 1 tablet usually. They better not have a problem with fragmentation.

            But Mac Book Pros suffer a lot from fragmentation. I had a used 2 year old MBP that its hardware could support the newest version of OSX, but apple would not update it, even though the specs were high enough

    • pyro74boy .

      Really must you go there? Anyone with any amount of common sense at all must realize and understand that comparing Android software updates to Apple iOS updates isn’t comparing apples to apple literally it’s not for the simple fact that iOS updates only work with Apple hardware because Apple doesn’t make it available to any other manufacturer unlike phones running Android that are available on many different devices from many different manufacturers. So why would Apple be laughing at this? This is an argument that shouldn’t even be an argument in the first place.

  • RDPaPa-G

    That kit kat tho

    • youGameDeal

      that lollipop tho

  • Tim Massing

    Who are these people still using phones with froyo?!?

    • ChrisI

      HTC Thunderbolt.

      • Dominick White

        Thunderbolt, did get the jump to gingerbread

        • ChrisI

          Alright, alright….it was just some subtle humor 😉

          • Dominick White

            All good…. Thinking about this I know someone still rocking a droid x 2

        • Cael

          Wasn’t it upgraded to ICS?

          • Dominick White

            I think you are correct

    • DannyGE

      Docked OG DROIDs as the alarms on my wife’s and my nightstands, connected via Wi-Fi.

      • TC Infantino

        That’s what I am using mine for too. It makes a great alarm clock.