Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now running on 2.3 percent of devices

by: Jimmy WestenbergMarch 8, 2016

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Google has just released new Android distribution numbers for March 2016, and Marshmallow is on the rise. 2.3 percent of all Android devices are running 6.0 Marshmallow, up from 1.2 percent last month. It normally takes the latest version of Android a good amount of time to roll out to a sizable number of devices, so this isn’t anything too out of the ordinary.

Also, Android Lollipop is now the most-used version of Google’s mobile OS. It’s installed on 36.1 percent of all Android devices, up from 34.1 percent in February. That means Lollipop has finally surpassed KitKat, which is currently sitting at 34.3 percent, down from 35.5 percent last month.

Android distribution numbers March 16

Android Jelly Bean is still holding strong at 22.3 percent, a decrease of 1.6 percent from last month. Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread and Froyo are still all holding on with dear life with 2.3, 2.6 and .1 percent, respectively. Google says these numbers were collected during a 7-day period, and as always, any versions of Android with less than .1 percent distribution aren’t shown on the chart. I know we’ve been saying this for months now, but it really shouldn’t be long until we see Android 2.2 Froyo leave the list.

Tell us — is your device running Marshmallow yet? What do you think of the latest distribution numbers? We’d love to hear your opinions and thoughts in the comments!

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  • RiTCHiE

    +1 because i just updated my z5 compact to marshmallow! But tstill no RAW so fuck you sony!

    • TheDude

      how’s it in terms of speed as compared to lollipop?

      • Csendes Marcell

        In general Marshmallow have better performance dude. :)

      • RiTCHiE

        Yea its way better and now this phone runs like it should have on day 1.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Honestly, I’m starting to care less about about Android updates unless the feature and improvements are actually worth it.

    • Csendes Marcell

      Most of them actually worth.. Like Doze in 6.0.. and many more.. 6.0 also have much better battery time because of doze and other changes.. So yeah, most Android update worth..

      • VAVA Mk2

        Don’t mind her. She is just a troll

  • itpromike

    Wait didn’t marshmallow come out last year? But it’s only on 2.3 devices? Geez… at this rate it will be on 5% of devices by time next version of Android is announced and maybe 10% by time it’s released so then devices will still be getting a 1 year old version by time some devices are getting the Android N. This is getting ridiculous.

  • Alex El Pillo Cisneros

    And still, nothing for the Samsung Galaxy S6 in United States..

    • Csendes Marcell

      Damn.. Samsung and Sony actually never update phone’s OS to latest version.. most brand dont care about this sadly.

      • S363

        So tell me again why people buy these brands?

        • Csendes Marcell

          Most people buy those phones, which are famous like Z series or iPhones, etc.. I always though, if i like Android phone, then Nexus is the best, since they got the fastest updates and of course they are perfectly optimized. So yeah, i would say i will never buy other brand.

        • abazigal

          Because their hardware is actually very good, even if the OS never does get updated. Samsung flagships get excellent screens and cameras. And I say this as an iPhone user.

          • Csendes Marcell

            Agree with that, cameras and screens are great, but support is…xd

        • HobgoblinTruth

          They are fanboys. If you buy Samsung’s non-flagship there is a big chance it dies with the OS it comes with.

          People like to sh1t on companies like HTC but at least they deliver updates.

      • Alex El Pillo Cisneros

        Well, actually Samsung does, but takes it a little longer than others…

    • QeeYou

      It’s all about waiting.

      • Alex El Pillo Cisneros

        SCREW U!!!

        • Snark Attack

          It’s your fault for buying a Samsung.

    • DaBigNoob

      Use custom roms

  • chris 1981

    im still waiting for it on my lg g3 uk seems to be taking way to long

    • Scr-U-gle

      If it’s over 18 months since the device was released, it isn’t getting it:

      Googles policy for android is no updates for devices after 18 months.

      It is written in their T&Cs.

      • Karly Johnston

        My N7 launched with JB and its on Marshmallow, that is obviously not a real policy.

        • Scr-U-gle

          Android authority have written articles stating the policy, and if you had bothered reading the T&Cs instead of guessing as usual, you wouldn’t have to make such rediculous statements, yet again.

          • Karly Johnston

            Yeah well I hate to break it to you but Google has NEVER guaranteed a certain amount of updates.

      • chris 1981

        it is getting it its out all ready in the states and Poland got in December and i thimk is out in other places too

  • viktor

    On my Nexus 5 2013 I have get update on Marchmallow last year in late october or early november and it works perfect.

    • Fornavn Etternavn

      Same here. That is why you always should buy a nexus.

      • viktor

        I agree with you, yes Nexus device will be first which will get new update; buth there is an another reason to always bu Nexus- it’s worth that money,so lovely and good.

        • Wouter

          Lately I think they are a bit overpriced, in the EU at least. I paid ~700 euros for my Nexus 6P. It’s an awesome device, but not that amount of money. Nexus 5 where priced way better.

          • viktor

            I agree with you, buth there are many expediturance before it comes to shope; cariers, insurance, taxes and at least margin sellers. All this is addet to a final price in Europe.

    • DaBigNoob

      Or you could just use custom roms

  • yo_asakura

    That’s because many phones were left out like my Nexus 4. But this is not enough to change my device. So, I’m stuck with Lollipop, but apparently I’m not the only one.

    • ThePierrasse

      Yep, Nexus 4 ftw!

  • Mohamed Salim

    I am running marshmallow on my Moto X 2nd gen and nexus 9

  • TechTonic

    have it on my Moto X 2nd gen but still didn’t get it in my iPad Air 2

  • Scr-U-gle

    That’s really bad that so many devices are so out of date, just proves that the vast majority of drone devices are old buster clunkers for the third world.

    And how few phones are sold new each year, half a year in and it’s still not even 3%! that must mean the average phone being sold is at least three years old and will never get an update, making these figures worse every year.

  • abazigal

    This makes me wonder if there are some jokers here who hold on to Froyo devices and boot them up once a week just to register with the Google Play Store. :D

  • Jake Schweitzer

    I don’t have it on my LG G Vista. Might do a custom Rom. Not sure yet. Waiting is nothing for a former Windows phone user.

  • Lee Ginty

    I bought a brand new phone last October and was told to expect an Android update,5 months on, no update and no news if there will even be one. Details on Android N were released 2 weeks ago, but more than 97% of all Android phones are still running 5.1 or earlier. Is there no way that Google/Android can pressurise the phone companies or is it a deliberate ploy to move us all over to Nexus ?

  • Aaron Mullet

    I’m jumping from Gingerbread 2.3.6 on an Atrix 4G to Marshmallow 6.0 on a Nexus 5X tomorrow. From a 2.6% share OS to a 2.3% share OS. Progress? I’m excited at least.

  • Golfah

    “Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread and Froyo are still all holding on with dear life with 2.3, 2.6 and .1 percent, respectively.” – “Jimmy Westenberg” – Spook City
    March 23rd -26th…. hold onto your hats, Earthlings.