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Android Marshmallow: Now on 4.6% of All Devices

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Android Marshmallow is continuously growing… very slowly. Just last month (5 months after the initial launch of the software), the OS was on 2.3% of all devices running Android.  This is thanks to companies like LG, Samsung, and HTC for pushing out Android 6.0 updates to their smartphones and tablets. Now, according to a newly released pie graph, it looks like Marshmallow has doubled in percentage (again thanks to companies updating their devices to the latest software) to 4.6%.

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This number is still relatively low since it’s now been 6 months since Android Marshmallow officially launched. However, Lollipop, which will soon be two years old, is currently running on 35.8%, down 0.3% from last month, likely due to the switch users have made from Android 5.0 to Android 6.0. For reference, KitKat is down to 33.4%,  Jelly Bean is at 21.3%, Ice Cream Sandwich fell 0.1% to 2.2%, and Gingerbread and Froyo stubbornly remain at 2.6% and 0.1%, respectively.

I’m really expecting Android Marshmallow to be on 15% of devices by this October, however it will probably peak out somewhere around there. I know that sounds like gibberish, but look at it this way: Android N, Google’s next version of the mobile OS, will be launching this summer, which means between then and October, manufacturers will have a chance to begin pushing out this update to their devices, which will bring down the number of devices on Marshmallow. I’m not saying significantly, but it will gradually. And as far as I can see, Android 6.0 isn’t going to ever be as popular as Lollipop. I’m not putting out any predictions about N yet, however personally, I believe it could be one of the biggest Android releases ever. But hey, that’s just me…

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