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The latest version of Android is finally on 1 percent of devices. Google released its monthly update to the Platform Versions page for Android today, and the preceding zero for Marshmallow’s adoption is gone.
Android Marshmallow debuted just over four months ago on September 29 with the launch of Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. But the devices didn’t start shipping until October, and not many new devices with Marshmallow have debuted since then.
Adoption of 1.2 percent after four months is sad to see, though we can expect growth to slowly pick up over the next few months. This is the latest confirmation that Nexus devices don’t sell well, and Google’s newest iterations are no exception.
Here are the changes between January and February:
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow (October 2015): Up 0.5 points to 1.2 percent
- Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop (November 2014, March 2015): Up 1.5 points to 34.1 percent
- Android 4.4 KitKat (October 2013): Down 0.6 points to 35.5 percent
- Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean (July 2012, November 2012, and July 2013): Down 0.8 points to 23.9 percent
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (December 2011): Down 0.2 points to 2.5 percent
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (December 2010): Down 0.3 points to 2.7 percent
- Android 2.2 Froyo (May 2010): Down 0.1 points to 0.1 percent
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).
For the sake of comparison, here’s the Android adoption chart for January:
The Android adoption order is still unchanged: KitKat in first place, Lollipop in second, Jelly Bean in third, Gingerbread in fourth, ICS in fifth, Marshmallow in sixth, and Froyo in seventh. Lollipop should take first place soon, and Marshmallow will jump over a few spots this year.
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