4.6% Says Google
Google couple of days back released the Android Distribution statistics and the share for the Android Marshmallow running Android smartphones is really low with just 4.6% of smartphones running on the Android Marshmallow 6.0.
Last month in March’16 there were about 2.3% of devices running on Android Marshmallow.
The majority of new Android devices are still getting bundled with the Android Lollipop 5.1 while there are very few smartphones which are currently selling with the Android Marshmallow 6.0.
Android Marshmallow is on 4.6% Mobiles.
Android Lollipop is present on the largest number of Android devices and contributes about 35.8%.
While Android Kitkat is also running on a very large percentage of Android smartphones accounting for 33.4% in April first week as per the Android distribution data released by Google.
Android Distribution Share April 2016
While the Jelly Bean is present on a whooping 21.3 % of Android smartphones.
While rest of the share is taken by the older Android versions like Ice cream sandwich and Ginger bread.
Apple has been faring much better when it comes to distribution of the new iOS primarily as they are the only manufacturer of the iPhones and is relatively easy to push updates.
Adoption of the new Android OS is becoming a pain for Google as Apple is able to reach a 80% penetration of the iOS 9 in almost the same period.
IOS Distribution Share March 2016
Samsung couple of days back launched the premium smartphones A7 and A5 2016 priced around Rs. 28,000 and 32,000 running on the Android Lollipop 5.1
While they already have the touchwiz customised to Android Marshmallow which is available on this years Flagship Samsung S7 and S7 edge.
It is strange that even the high end devices are coming after close to 7 months after the Android Marshmallow came to Google Nexus devices.
On the other hand some of the budget smartphone manufacturers like Infocus launched the Bingo 10 a smartphone priced at Rs. 4200 with the Android Marshmallow 6.0 out of the box.
Disparity is huge when it comes to latest Android smartphones.
While the new Android N developer preview is already out most of the Android users are not on Android Marshmallow, Google may like to change the situation in coming months.
I have been using the Android Marshmallow since it rolled out on the 2 year old Google Nexus 5 and it feels great to have updates on day zero with Nexus devices. But it is painfully slow for other brands at times.
What version of the Android You are running share with me in comments below !
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