Marshmallow OS Is Now on 18.7% Android Smartphones (Sept’16)

Google Android Distribution numbers are out for August and the Android Lollipop still has the largest base of Android Users. Google every month shares the Android distribution numbers which basically tells us about what percentage of smartphone/tablet Android users are on which operating system.

Google last month released the Android latest iteration the Android Nougat 7.0 for the Google Nexus devices and the LG V20. In the above table there is no mention of Android Nougat as it is still installed on a very minuscule base of 0.1%.

Marshmallow OS Is Now on 18.7% Android Smartphones

The Android Lollipop leads the pack and is present on maximum number of android devices with a  share of 35%.  While the Android KitKat is present on a very large number of devices and is on second spot with a share of 27.7%.

The Android Marshmallow which was released last year has been able to crawl to 18.7 % of share after almost 12 months of it’s roll out. It is quite disappointing to see even after a year the adoption rate for Marshmallow is so low. Still lot of smartphone sellers are including the old Android Lollipop along with new mobiles, which makes the situation even verse.

The Android Jelly Bean has 15% share and the ice-cream sandwich and ginger bread is present on 1.4% and 1.5% devices.

Android updates are much slower compared to the iOS updates on the iPhone. If we do a comparison the iOS 9 is present on 88% of apple devices while iOS 8 is present on about 9% devices and just 3% on the older OS variants.


The Google updates are slow because Android is open source and all smartphone manufacturers have to make customization to the latest Android software before offering an update to the smartphone users. Adding to the complexity is the different hardware configuration which require certain changes to be made to the OS before the update is rolled out.

Google will have to figure out in future how they can ensure a faster OS roll out to the Android users so that the Android smartphone buyers have the best of software at the earliest. What is the point of getting an OS update after 1 year when you are already half to buy a new device.

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