It s been a little over seven months since Google released its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, and its adoption is steadily rising. As per the latest numbers revealed by Google, the new operating system barely runs on 10.1 percent devices. This is a marginal jump compared to 7.5 percent in May, and 4.6 percent in April. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Some credit for this rise can be given to latest smartphones that run Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Also, a lot of manufacturers have started rolling out the Android Marshmallow update for their respective smartphones. However, the adoption isn t great considering the release of Android N is just around the corner.
If we look at the overall distribution of Android OS on smartphones, Android Lollipop OS (v 5.0 and 5.1 combined) run on 35.4 percent devices, which is negligible drop of 0.2 percent compared to last month. Android 4.4 KitKat, on the other hand, continues to run on 31.6 percent devices, which is a drop of 0.9 percent compared to last month.
The outdated Android JellyBean (v 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 combined) still has a market share of 18.9 percent, which sees a drop of 1.2 percent. Also, while Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v 4.0) and Gingerbread (v 2.3) still run on 1.9 percent and 2 percent respectively, Android 2.2 Foryo is still clinging at 0.1 percent.
In comparison, as per the data shared by Apple in May, iOS 9 runs on 84 percent of devices, whereas iOS 8 runs on 11 percent of devices.
Earlier this year in March, Google released the (Android N 7.0) developer preview ahead of schedule. It also invited users with compatible Nexus devices to try out the next iteration of Google s operating system, easily downloadable via an OTA (over-the-air). The preview program was also expanded to non-Nexus devices, and Sony Xperia Z3 being the first one to get the update.