Every month, Google releases numbers on how all the versions of its Android operating system are doing in terms of their share of the entire market of Android devices. It’s normal to see the latest Android iteration struggling to make its mark and it’s the same case with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. According to Google’s latest distribution numbers, Marshmallow now powers 18.7 percent of Android devices.
Almost a year after Marshmallow debuted, and with Android 7.0 Nougat already official, those aren’t very impressive numbers, with only a 2.5 percent raise over the course of the last four weeks. Android 4.4 KitKat is still in the lead with a 27.7 percent share, followed by 5.1 Lollipop at 21.9 percent. The original version of Lollipop – version 5.0 – is also holding on to a major chunk at 13.1 percent. Lollipop is likely to take a long time to come down by a considerable margin, given how manufacturers aren’t likely to update devices powered by Android 5.x to future versions at this point.
The rest of the distribution chart is made up by mostly Jelly Bean and a few traces of older iterations like Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread. Overall, it’s still a rather bleak outlook for the operating system as far as users having the latest and greatest software is concerned. Android 7.0 Nougat will likely take a long time to make a noticeable impact as well, but we should see it on the charts starting next month once current Nexus devices get the update worldwide, followed by a slight more increase in November once Google’s new Nexus devices go on sale.
Speaking of new Nexus devices, Google is expected to unveil two new smartphones this year, succeeding the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P from last year. Both phones are reportedly being made by HTC and could be launched under the Pixel branding. A Pixel tablet from Huawei is said to be in the works as well, and we can expect all of these pure Android devices to make an official appearance in the month of October (or possibly even later this month).