For the last few months, I’ve been staring out a rainy window, sighing and leaning on the dulcet tones of Phil Collins to help me through my Marshmallow-less existence. Now it looks like the clouds are parting a bit. As Google updates their distribution numbers, a sliver of sunshine crashes through my apartment, illuminating empty bottles and discarded ramen packaging.

It’s a small sign, mind you. But when you’re desperate, it’s the small signs you cling to. This fresh look at the Android ecosystem shows that Marshmallow made a strong push since last month, hopping up from .3% to .5%. That’s not quite doubling, but it’s still a significant jump. Marshmallow still only represents a thin sliver of the Android ecosystem, but that sliver is ever-widening, bringing the joys of Google Now On Tap and dozens of other features to more and more users with each passing day.

See also:

Marshmallow update “coming soon” to Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi Note

December 4, 2015

Lollipop also saw a mild increase in usership, rising from 25.6% to 29.5%. KitKat shrank a bit, which is to be expected, falling from 37.8% to 36.6%. Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich also shrank, falling from 29% to 26.9% and 3.3% to 2.9% respectively. The geriatric Android versions Gingerbread and Froyo didn’t see much movement since November because they are arthritic and very tired.

What version of Android are you currently running? Marshmallow? Rub it in my face in the comments.

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  • Diego

    People are still on 4.4?
    Man, is fragmentation that bad?
    I can understand jellybean standing strong.
    A lot of devices are still sold with 4.2 or 4.3.

    • cdm283813

      I bought a cheap moto g prepaided over the summer and it’s still rocking KitKat. I doubt that Verizon cares enough to upgrade it.

  • Diego

    But anyway, all be sticking to android flagships.
    That is, until android OEMs decide to provide updates for their low and mid range devices.
    I can understand them not providing updates for those categories, they are just their to take your money.
    Funny thing is, they aren’t gaining any money from those categories.

  • I remember when Lollipop came out Google pledged that they would sort the issue of fragmentation out. Still waiting on that one.

    • 1213 1213

      So far they’ve managed to use the play store for more stuff to get round the problem, but they need a better fix though. Was hoping that as Samsung tries to compete with Apple they would at least do more but they haven’t and don’t seem to be anytime soon, even the dying HTC is doing better.

  • Shem68

    Now these numbers are embarrassing. Manufacturers really need to work on this issue, because this is ridiculous, especially for the higher-end phones out there.

    • cdm283813

      My solution is; stop buying from them and get a Nexus. I had 4 Samsung devices before I wised up. And all 4 were Samsung flagships. Fast forward today and no one else is doing any better. 0.5%????? It’s getting worse each year.

      • Shem68

        Well I’m actually writing this reply from my Nexus 6P, so I don’t need any convincing :P But still, if you tell people to buy Nexuses only, then you basically kill one of Android’s biggest strengths, i.e. choice. I think buying a Nexus is a good short term solution but shouldn’t stop OEMs from doing their d*mn job :)

        • cdm283813

          Well if they can’t update fast enough or at all maybe they should die. And we still have a choice. The choice between a Nexus 5x and 6p. Even the Nexus 5 and 6 are still floating out there. I really don’t know what is worse; being at 0.5% for marshmallow or OEM’s not care about updates?
          Time to stop feeding OEM’s who don’t update. Period! Only way they will get the message. Hire more people if you have too. A company like Samsung has the resources to make this happen. If they can pay Apple millions of dollars they can pay software engineers to get phones updated.

          • Shem68

            Agreed, and I’m not gonna by another OEM phone any time soon. But I’m often surprised to see how much people don’t care about getting updates. Some say they’re useless thanks to Google Play Services, and others give so little a shit that they don’t even know what version of Android they’re running on. Facepalms all day long :P

  • Josh

    Just got notification for 6.0 update for the Moto X Pure so I’m assuming its live and ready for everybody.

  • John Doe

    Carriers/Manufactures only update phones for 18months (2yrs max), but some models do not even get that much love ..
    Because Google comes out with Android updates several times a year, Carriers/Manufactures are made to be constantly

    testing out new s/w against their builds which cost $$ …
    And as everyone knows the margins on Android phone producers are small and getting smaller yearly..
    When that happens, something has to give, and updates are usually it..
    If all phones were pure google, then this issue would not be such a hot topic, but they aren’t, and so we
    have this issue.
    This is what you get when android is Open Source and manufacturers are allow to tweak the OS to allow
    for different phone experiences …

  • mrjayviper

    impressive numbers. And looking at Lollipop (only 5.1.x counts since 5.0.x seems to have very bad issues that’s been fixed in 5.1.x) , even more impressive after more than a year in circulation.

  • Mike Kyes

    Took 2 months for T-Mobile to get Marshmallow to my Nexus 6 ?

  • CheeseMonsterHD

    Still stuck with 5.1.1 on a Oneplus One

  • cdm283813

    Flat out shame. Posting from my Nexus 6 while my iPhone 6s updates to 9.2. Only buy a Nexus or iPhone if you want updates. Time to stop feeding these other OEM’s if they can’t upgrade your device within a few weeks.

  • Kunal Narang

    Does Google count the numbers of people installing custom ROMs on their phones?

    • 1213 1213

      Most likely it does.

  • John

    How is hopping up from .3% to .5% a significant jump?

    • salilmulay

      When iOS 9 reached from 66% to 70% during November, many said iOS adoption had stalled. And now this 0.2% growth becomes significant? Doesn’t make sense.. does it?

      • 1213 1213

        Because one is a 6% increase and the other is a 67% increase.