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Marshmallow springs up to .5% distribution

Google's new distribution numbers show a major boost for Marshmallow.

Published onDecember 8, 2015


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.

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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.