Android 6.0 Now Runs on 13% of All Android Devices

Sigh!

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The numbers are in!

Android Marshmallow gained 3 percentage points over the last one month to see its market share of the Android pie grow to 13.3% up from 10.1% in June.

As expected, as more devices became available running Android 6.0 and others received updates on the same, older Android versions saw a decline in their market share. Popular budget smartphones like the Honor 5X, the Samsung Galaxy J7 and the Alcatel Idol 3 have all started receiving the Marshmallow update in the last one month further shoring up the numbers in Android 6.0’s favour.

Even then, 67% of Android device users with access to the Play Store during the study period, are still stuck on 2 and 3-year-old versions of Android, Lollipop and KitKat.

The numbers are still bad. Nothing to get excited about here

Android Jelly Bean, first introduced to the world 4 years ago, runs on 19% of all Android devices.

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Google is expected to release a new version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, later in the year. Will Nougat finally be the one Android version that brings convergence and uniformity to a highly fragmented platform? I hope so but to be honest, I think not. It has taken 9 months for Marshmallow to move from 0 to just 13%. Lollipop which is in its second year of existence has only just hit the 35% mark.

The Wileyfox Storm just recently received its Marshmallow update. If only this happened to every budget smartphone!
The Wileyfox Storm just recently received its Marshmallow update. If only this happened to every budget smartphone!

There’s still a long way to go. With such a grim picture, Google’s plans to start making its own phones don’t sound so bad now.

Before I forget, the Fairphone team just got around to, FINALLY, releasing the KitKat update for the first generation Fairphone which was stuck on Jelly Bean. LOL.

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