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Android distribution numbers for May are in, and Marshmallow sits at 7.5 percent

This month's Android version distribution numbers have arrived, and Marshmallow continues to make gains.

Published onMay 3, 2016

Last month, we saw Marshmallow make its biggest leap yet by doubling from a 2.3 percent share of the Android ecosystem in March to 4.6 percent. This month didn’t see quite see Marshmallow’s distribution doubling, but it did make some strong headway to arrive at 7.5 percent.

Android 6.0’s increase has eaten into the percent shares of both Lollipop and KitKat, which respectively dropped from 35.8 percent to 35.6 percent and from 33.4 percent to 32.5 percent. Jelly Bean is still sitting pretty at 20.1 percent, and Ice Cream Sandwich is down to 2 percent. Longtime fans of the show will remember Gingerbread, which is still holding on tight to its 2.2 percent share, but lonely Froyo is nearly out of the game at 0.1 percent.

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It’s no surprise to anyone that the Android ecosystem is a fragmented one, but there are some who believe that the upcoming Android N may be making strides toward a long-term solution to this ongoing issue. Marshmallow’s massive gains in last month’s distribution report were likely strongly influenced by the bevy of 2016 flagships that hit the market during that time period running Android 6.0 out of the box. Although the latest (non preview) version of Android is continuing to make strides, we can see its velocity flagging once more in this month’s numbers.

What do you think of Marshmallow’s glacial rollout and the current state of the Android ecosystem? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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