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Android Distribution Updated for January 2016 – Marshmallow Crawling Along

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The new Android distribution numbers are out for January 2016, with little change from last month’s report. Marshmallow, the newest version of Android, is crawling along with acceptance and is only up to 0.7% from 0.5%. 

As for the rest of the versions, Lollipop is up to 32.6% (from 29.5%), while the rest are mostly down, like with KitKat at 36.1% (from 36.6%), Jelly Bean at 24.7% (26.9%), Ice Cream Sandwich at 2.7% (from 2.9%), and Gingerbread at 3.0% (from 3.4%). Froyo remains on the list at 0.2%.

Last month’s numbers can be seem here.

Via: Android Developers
  • Edward Smith

    What about Honeycomb?

    Man do I feel like a sucka for thinking Google could get Hollywood to cooperate with the “Google TV” platform.

    It never got upgraded. I got better upgrades of Droid phones on VZW. There are times I’m tempted to root it but the CPU hardware specs are so obsolete that I’m not sure if anything else would run.

    Luckily the Sony Internet TV was at least slightly better than average. Very minimalist; it’s like a iPad on the wall.

    Next time: dumbest dumb TV I can find with lots more inputs.

  • Terrance Steiner

    Eclair is off the list! This must not stand. I want everyone to grab their OG Moto Droid (I know you still have it). Turn it on. marvel how you ever could use a screen so small and update some apps via WiFi. We are getting Eclair back damn it!
    No I am not serious
    Then again…..

  • gboybama

    What, no love for Honeycomb? Haha

  • rj-b

    Was it ever confirmed that Motorola reconsidered and will update the Moto X 2nd Gen on carriers?? I’m on US Cellular.

  • mcdonsco

    This post is ALWAYS completely irrelevant and pointless. Please, one valid reason this actually matters in the context of dozens, if not hundreds of Android OEM’s (thus meaning no control over what’s running what version, unlike Apple being ONE OEM)?


    • Erik Tyler

      99% only care about their apps, stability and overall responsiveness (along with battery life, etc.). Very few can even tell the difference between lollipop and marshmallow (or jellybean)… Snapchat works the same. Facebook works the same. The camera takes pictures, etc. etc. Having the latest OS is relatively meaningless and incredibly overrated. Not to mention that the small improvements can usually be had with apps from Google Play…

    • malcmilli

      For app developers who have to take into consideration what Versions to accommodate for, as well as a random neeto fact.

      • mcdonsco

        I can barely see an argument for developers. Though, i would think a general rule of thumb would be to develop for the versions released in the last 2-3 years (depending on resources of the developer etc).

        Jelly bean, kit kat, lollipop and marshmallow…done.

        That would cover roughly 94% of Android users according to this graph.

        For the other 6%, if they’re too stupid, lazy or cheap to update, that’s on them.

        • malcmilli

          sure, but im sure sometimes decisions are made about if pushing that cut off is worth or not. I remember a few years back when some really popular app launched, i dont remember which one, but it only supported the last version or so of android, and at the time i was 18 months into my contract, and 1 update removed from being able to use the app. I’m sure it was a calculated move. Is putting in the resources to support Jelly bean worth it if 10% of that 26% share will be jumping to the lastest version in less than 6 months? I’m not saying its some game changing mind blowing article, but most articles arent.

  • mrjayviper

    66.6% not getting any sort of security/system updates. that’s assuming those on lollipop will still get them but I doubt it

  • Ha

    iOS 9.2 FTW!

  • michael arazan

    I guess OEM’s have basically given up on updates thanks to not giving up on their lame ass skins.

    All OEM’s could just take their features and make them apps and run Vanilla android to keep their devices up to date with OS and security. But no they’ll keep doing things the hard way and hinder innovation kicking and screaming.

    • Ian Case

      All the while complaining about losing money, partly because they have to keep a huge group of software engineers employed because its such a monumental undertaking to make sure all their different builds work with all their skins.

  • Trevor

    Who are these Froyo punks? We gotta take them down!!

  • Cael

    Shocked that I’m a part of the [less than] 1%.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Soooo what you’re saying… Us Marshmallow users are a part of the 1%? The millionaires and billionaires that don’t pay our fair share of taxes? Sweet

    • Hail

      Eat the Marshmallowers!

      Incidentally, that DOES sound delicious…

  • tu3218

    So glad to be able to experience marshmallow! It really needs to be on all devices asap. Finally got my 6p and damn this thing is buttery smooth. Can’t wait to be able to root again. Just enjoying this pure Android for now.

    • BobButtons

      Got a 5X and even with just 2GB of RAM I agree. It was buttery smooth as is but now after throwing the PureNexus ROM on it everything is instantaneous. Almost ‘too’ fast if that’s possible.

  • wis4me

    I think gingerbread will die soon but froyo will still exist. now thats sad

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    • TC Infantino

      I am still using my OG Droid as a bedside alarm clock.

      • malcmilli

        do you access the playstore on a regular basis though?

        • TC Infantino

          I don’t, but I am not sure if these metrics are based on actively accessing the Play store, or just the phone pinging the play store to check for updates.

      • rj-b

        Same with my Droid 2 on GB. Keeps on tickin’…

        Only downside is when there’s an emergency/Amber alert, it goes off along with my phone and wife’s phone. Surround sound emergencies at 4am are lovely.

      • Edward Smith

        The Droid 1 will run straight off of USB power without the battery; the gradually dying battery and slowing of internal memory made me drop these but they still perform all their functions. (wife and I always have identical phones, it’s easier to remote troubleshoot)

        By the time I stopped using my Droid 1,D4 and Samsung GS4 they had less than $15 value on Gazelle in near perfect condition.

        With all the old appa hanging around the Play Store the oldest devices should be able to run for years.

    • Stabby McKnifington

      I’ve mentioned this before…but I still have an old Droid X lingering about that my son uses as a camera. He’s 4. Can’t believe the beating that thing has taken

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