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Android Distribution Updated for April 2016: Marshmallow Closes in on 5%

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The new Android distribution numbers are in for April 2016, with Marshmallow showing slow, but steady signs of growth. From last month to this month, Android 6.0 has jumped 2.3% to 4.6%. I know, I know, it’s been months since Marshmallow was released and this looks really bad, but it feels like we’re getting somewhere, especially now that Samsung has started updating many of its phones to Android 6.0.1. 

As for the rest of the numbers, everyone else dropped, like Lollipop to 35.8% from 36.1%, KitKat to 33.4% from 34.3%, Jelly Bean to 21.3% from 22.3%, and ICS to 2.2% from 2.3%.

Last month’s numbers can be seen here.

Via:  Android Developers
  • fatjay

    Are these domestic or international numbers?

  • Josh Minsley

    Here’s my question: If Marshmallow was released “M” months ago, and we go back in time to see what percent of people had Lollipop “M” months after it was released… are things getting better, worse, or is it about the same?

    • pyro74boy .

      Anyone who is truly concerned about Android operating system distribution numbers shouldn’t considered anything but a Nexus device because nothing will get updated faster end of story

      • perfectalpha

        True, but it would be nice if the gap between Nexus and everything else got closed a bit. I think most would be okay with “within 90 days” type of deal to work out bugs and kinks and such. When it is 6+ months and sometimes never; that is a bit disheartening.

        • Boomdizzle

          I feel like it did with lollipop, but everyone had such broken software from the carriers (bc 5.0 was broken) that a lot of manufacturers figured why rush? I’m sure the flack they all got wasn’t worth rushing it out.

      • BobButtons

        This is what irritates me about Apple’s upgrade comparisons. They include all Android phones in comparison to the iPhone instead of just the Nexus line which would be more accurate. But that would ruin the point they’re trying to make..

        • pyro74boy .

          It’s not even a fair comparison to compare Android updates to Apple updates for the simple fact that Apple update only are being distributed to only Apple hardware Unlike Android where updates are being distributed to many different devices from many different manufacturers. This is not and never was a fair and accurate way to try to compare these two completely different mobile operating systems.Also worldwide smartphone market share prove each and every year that the Android operating system is running on many more devices vs iOS. I will guarantee you that If IOS was running on anything other than Apple then Apple would have the same exact issue as well and that’s what many people refuse to understand. Point Blank this isn’t comparing Apples to Apples and never was.

    • X15a

      This got me interested, and since I have some time at work …

      6.0, released 10/2015. 6 months later (04/2016), 4.6%
      5.1, released 03/2015. 6 months later (09/2015), 5,1%
      5.0, released 11/2014. 6 months later (05/2015), 9.0%
      4.4, released 10/2013. 6 months later (04/2014), 5.3%

      • Josh Minsley

        In other words, the more things change, the more they stay the same! Thanks for doing the research.

      • Scott Webber

        I think these stats are correlated to user phone upgrade cycles. The 6 month window after Lollipop was either overlapping with a specific highly regarded device release, or 2 years after a specific device release.

  • T_Dizzle

    ZenFone 2 here running 6.0.1

  • Indianajonze

    marshmallow is at 100% in my household. that’s all that matters

    • T_Dizzle

      Ha ha, same here as far as phones go.

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    • Nic

      Almost the same for me only my original Nexus 7 doesn’t have it

      • T_Dizzle

        I haven’t bothered to upgrade the Nexus 10 either. There are two reasons; 1. my wife would have to give it up for a minute and 2. it still runs perfectly. Since my wife uses it almost exclusively at this point, there’s no need.

  • Raven

    People always make a big deal about how bad this looks, but I think it is a testament to the greatness of Android. People are still able to use older devices as dedicated browsers, media hubs, alarm clocks, etc. It would be much more valid to see these numbers on just devices with active cellular data connections. Or even broken down by hardware. I am curious what the numbers would be on just Snapdragon 800+ devices.

  • Suicide_Note

    Froyo lives!

    • michael arazan

      The only time I’ve been in the .1% of the 1%

      My D1 still rocking, original battery last for 4 hours with music playing

      • Suicide_Note

        Sometimes I’m tempted to buy a D1 from Swappa just for shits and giggles. I originally skipped that phone and went with the Droid X on launch day.

  • Mech_Engr_09

    KEWL.