Google Android distribution chart has been updated and although KitKat still leads, Marshmallow’s presence has increased to 15.2 percent. The team behind Android regularly releases information on platform showing the number of devices running a specific version of the Android platform.
When we compare to last month, Android 5.1 Lollipop and Android 6.0 Marshmallow are the only two versions to see an increase. Android 5.1 increased by 0.6 percentage points and it is now found on 21.4 percent of all active Android devices. Marshmallow, on the other hand, saw a bigger gain with a 1.9 percentage point increase. What this means is that of all active Android phones 15.2 percent are running on the latest available Android version.
While it might not be a huge increase, especially when you compare to 3.2 percentage point increase
Marshmallow had last month, the general trend looks solid for Google.
It makes sense to slowly and methodically phase out the older versions of Android, and the August distribution chart confirms this: the presence of Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, KitKat, and Jelly Bean will continue to decrease.
Currently, it is KitKat that powers the majority of smartphones at 29.2 percent, but it shouldn’t be too long before Marshmallow and Lollipop take the lead. However, Froyo’s meager 0.1 percent presence has persistently remained the same since last month. It’s a wonder anyone is still running Android 2.2 Froyo!
We are glad to see that the Marshmallow market presence finally broke the 15 percent threshold. Then again with Android 7.0 Nougat launch said to be soon, it’s no surprise.