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Android Distribution Updated for February 2016: Hey, Marshmallow Hits 1%!

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Google updated its Android distribution numbers this morning for the month of February, showing minor adoption of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In fact, Android 6.0 jumped from just 0.7% the month prior to 1.2%. That seems, at least to me, like pretty slow movement to the newest version of Android after almost four months of it being available. And when consider the fact that Android 6.0 was released as developer previews as early as last May, you have to wonder what is taking the world so long to update to it. 

The rest of the Android landscape hasn’t changed all that much from January until now. Lollipop now sits at 34.1% of the pie, up from 32.6%. Everyone else is (and should be) dropping, like KitKat to 35.5% (from 36.1%), Jelly Bean to 23.9% (from 24.7%), Ice Cream Sandwich to 2.5% (from 2.7%), Gingerbread to 2.7% (from 3.0%), and Froyo to 0.1% (from 0.2%).

You can see last month’s numbers here.

Via:  Android
  • Froyo, would you please die???

  • sinfoman

    “you have to wonder what is taking the world so long to update to it.”- I’ll chime in. I would be OVERJOYED to update my Note4 to M. But it doesn’t exist yet. Too bad for me. BUT, I will argue that maybe we are all (yes, even myself) a little too concerned with having the latest and greatest thing. It’s One of the reasons we read this site, right? Every year a new phone comes out by our respective favorite manufacturer, every year a new OS comes out from our respective favorite OS producer. Do we trade cars this way? Do we trade laptops/desktops this way? Not typically. So why do we trade phones this way? Personally, I think both Apple and Android manufacturers need to slow the pace a little, or they might see a decrease in the sales of their devices. Wait- that’s already happening? oh. Never mind. 😉

  • Terrance Steiner

    Hold on Froyo…you unique little snowflake.

  • BCoils

    The circle jerk about updates is oddly humorous on this site. admittedly i don’t go to many other android sites so it could be the same everywhere? IMO it seems like the “one percenters” or “android elitists” throwing a fit and if the other 99% cared they’d be wondering, “wtf are those people even raging about???”.

  • The Doctor

    My S6 active is still stuck on Lollipop. If I want a Samsung device with Marshmallow, I’ll have to buy an S7.

    • sc0rch3d

      playing right into their hands 😛

      • cdm283813

        I fell for it with my Note 4 when the S6 came out. Switched to a Nexus and iPhone and won’t look back.

  • Casey

    I feel really fortunate to have a Moto X Pure Edition running Marshmallow.

    • John Bush

      Same here. My Moto X 2014 Pure is on Marshmallow and so is my wife’s Moto G 3rd edition. I love being carrier unlocked on Moto.

  • Tbase52

    I’m so happy I own a 6P and I’m on the latest update

    • Gf1fanatic

      Me too! Google needs to really figure this out if Android is to have a future. If I were Google, I would demand that companies update their phone in a timely manner or they lose the right to use the Android operating system in their phone.

      • LionStone

        HTC figured it out with the One A9, kept the UI clean and near stock, making it easier to update, they’ve haven’t missed a beat. It’s nice having a device that’s up to date and not have to be a Nexus. For me it’s the only way to go or Nexus.

      • BCoils

        Most people don’t care and don’t want what they bought to change because change is scary.

      • Eddie Jr

        If Android was to have a future??? Seems to me it’s been doing just fine. This is never going to change, and people just need to accept that it takes time for the OEMs to customize. That is what Android is all about.

        • sinfoman

          EVERYONE. THIS.

    • cdm283813

      The only Android phone that I will recognize. Google needs to something about this because it’s f’ing ridiculous.

  • Jay

    Good to part of the 1% club.

    • sc0rch3d

      JKL will not go away soon unless 1) users upgrade or 2) big G decides to EOL and not track them. The phones today are pretty good now (the ones that may never get updated) and could survive quite awhile.

  • pyro74boy .

    I’m still waiting for some moron to try to compare Android updates to iOS updates.

    • alex

      It’s a legitimate complaint. Yes, you can argue that a lot of Android updates are now happening over Play Services, but a lot still requires OTA updates. And yes you can argue that that’s the nature of closed-source vs open-source, but the average user shouldn’t have to care about these technicalities.

      • pyro74boy .

        I hope you do realize for it to be a true valid argument you have to be comparing apples to apples and the fact of the matter is that comparing Android software updates to iOS software updates is pretty ridiculous and hilarious for the simple fact that nothing other than Apple hardware is running iOS software unlike Android devices that are running on many different manufacturers this isn’t a fair way to compare and this isn’t even open up for debate it’s something called hardcore facts.

      • Hassan Alsayed

        The average user doesn’t care about updates period, let alone these technicalities. They buy a phone they like and use it until it dies or they like a newer one.

        • cdm283813

          I’m afraid this is true. People like my wife considers updates to be a hassle and she could care less. But regardless we should have the option.

  • Alwin Crasto

    It’s because OEMs are being lazy and releasing new phones with Lollipop. Phones like the OnePlus X, Moto G Turbo, Moto X Force come to mind.

    • Ian Case

      It would be nice if Google said after X date, you CAN NOT release new hardware with version Y on it. It will not be allowed Google Services on new devices. They never would, of course, but at least you’d be sure you’re not getting a 3 year old OS on a brand new phone.

      • They already do that, once a New android version is released For ex: Now OEMs can’t release a device with Android 5.0 or below.. because 6.0 is released, Only 5.1 0r 6.0 devices will be released from now on

    • Moto G Turbo already got Marshmallow (in India atleast), Moto X Force will be soon receiving the update too..

      • Alwin Crasto

        Yes they’ll get the update but that’s no reason to launch a phone in 2016 not running Marshmallow right out of the box.

  • AbbyZFresh

    It’s sad when you see JellyBean and KitKat still taking up the majority of installed OSes on Android.There’s no way so many people should be stuck on ancient Android OS versions in 2016.

    Nutella will be out before Mashmallow hits even 10%. And by then Lollipop and KitKat would be Gingerbread and ICS status.

    • Suicide_Note

      As has been said a million times before: blame the carriers and OEMs for being so slow to push out updates, or releasing phones with old software.

      • alex

        Takes two to tango. It’s both the carrier’s fault and Google’s. Android’s open nature is what has made it so successful, but it’s also what’s made it so abysmal with updates. Google should be focusing on this. Even I (a long time Android fan that hates Apple’s smugness and walled-garden) am considering switching because of poor updates.

        • Suicide_Note

          Buy a Nexus. Problem solved.

        • Hassan Alsayed

          I went the Nexus route since the Nexus 4 and haven’t worried about updates since.

    • Raven

      I agree with JellyBean. Anything that is on JellyBean should be upgraded to KitKat, but due to hardware and other reasons I still think KitKat is just fine for older devices. I still use a Nexus 7 running KitKat 4.4.4 that I could take a few hours and upgrade to Marshmallow if I wanted to, but the few benefits don’t outweigh the time and risk of updating my perfectly working device to me.

      One of the biggest advantage of Android these days is that almost every app still works on 4.0+ and most of the important updates and improvements come via updates to Google Play Services, so there is really no pressing need to upgrade other than a little eye candy that is mostly covered for me by running Nova.

    • ThatBabyAintMine

      Kitkat and up take up 70% of the entire userbase. Last I checked, 70% is a majority. What are you talking about JB and KK?

    • pyro74boy .

      Really truly this update thing is getting so old as anyone who truly wants the latest and greatest version of Android and doesn’t want to wait isn’t going to buy anything but a Nexus device.

      It’s also ridiculous that people still continue to fail to realize That the reason why these updates are so slow is for multiple reasons not just one reason. The solution is very simple if you want the latest and greatest version of Android all the time buy a Nexus device end of story.

  • CHRIS42060

    It went up 0.5%……. or as Martin O’Malley would say – a successful Iowa Caucus.

    • Alex

      Ouch! Poor guy. 🙂

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    • MicroNix

      Shows just how small and insignificant the Nexus platform is compared with the rest of the Android market.