Google has updated its Android distribution chart for August, and while KitKat is still in the lead, Marshmallow’s presence has increased to 15.2%. The team behind Android releases information on platform versions regularly to show the number of devices running a given version of the Android platform.
Compared to last month, the only two versions that saw an increase are Android 5.1 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow. Android 5.1 increased by 0.6 percentage points and is now present on 21.4% of all active Android devices. Marshmallow, on the other hand, saw a more generous gain with a 1.9 percentage point increase. This means 15.2% of all active Android phones are running on the latest available Android version.
Although it may not be a huge increment, especially when compared to the 3.2 percentage point increase that Marshmallow saw last month, the general trend is looking pretty solid for Google.
It makes sense for older versions of Android to slowly and steadily phase out, and the distribution chart for August confirms just that: the presence of Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat is continuing to decrease.
Currently, KitKat powers a majority of smartphones at 29.2%, but it should be only a matter of time until Lollipop and Marshmallow take the lead. Curiously enough, however, Froyo’s meager 0.1% presence has doggedly stayed the same since last month: who on earth is still using a phone that runs on Android 2.2 Froyo?!
With Android 7.0 Nougat’s launch allegedly just around the corner, we are happy to see that Marshmallow’s market presence finally broke the 15% threshold.
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