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One in four Android devices is now running Lollipop, but this isn’t even the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. The company released its monthly update to the Platform Versions page for Android today, and the latest version has only managed to capture a third of a percent.
Android Marshmallow debuted just over a month ago on September 29 with the launch of Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. But the devices didn’t start shipping until October, meaning Marshmallow has had about a month of availability.
Still, 0.3 percent adoption is abysmal. This is a stark reminder of just how little Google sells of Nexus devices, and how long it takes Android updates to roll out to the masses.
As with any update courtesy of the Platform Versions tool, we have to point out that the data is gathered from the Google Play Store app, which requires Android 2.2 and above. This means devices running older versions are not included, nor are devices that don’t have Google Play installed (which includes many Android phones and tablets in China, Amazon’s Fire line, and so on).
Here are the changes between October and November:
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow (October 2015): Up 0.3 points to 0.3 percent
- Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop (November 2014, March 2015): Up 2.1 points to 25.6 percent
- Android 4.4 KitKat (October 2013): Down 1.1 points to 37.8 percent
- Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean (July 2012, November 2012, and July 2013): Down 1.2 points to 29 percent
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (December 2011): Down 0.1 points to 3.3 percent
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (December 2010): Flat at 3.8 percent
- Android 2.2 Froyo (May 2010): Flat at 0.2 percent
For the sake of comparison, here’s the Android adoption chart for October:
The Android adoption order is now KitKat in first place, Jelly Bean in second, Lollipop in third, Gingerbread in fourth, ICS in fifth, Marshmallow in sixth, and Froyo in seventh. The race between Lollipop and Marshmallow has begun, though it’s a sad state of affairs to know that neither are near first place.
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