Marshmallow is now on 15.2% of all active Android devices

Android Marshmallow
Android Marshmallow (Image credit: Android Central)

Google has posted the latest Android version distribution numbers, showing yet another small bump up for Marshmallow. Specifically, Google calculates that 15.2% of active Android devices were running Marshmallow during a 7-day period ending on August 2. That compares to 13.3% of active Android devices from the previous month.

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Android 5.x Lollipop went up slightly from 35.1% in July to 35.5% this month. Android 4.4 KitKat dropped from 30.1% in July to 29.2% in August. Jelly Bean came in at 16.7% with these new numbers, down from 17.8% in July, and Ice Cream Sandwich went down from 1.7% to 1.6%. Gingerbread also declined from 1.9% to 1.7%. Froyo is still sticking around with its tiny 0.1% share.

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  • It's really sad when Nougat is about to Drop and Kit Kat still dominates Android share. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 90% of the consumers simply don't care about which OS their device is running. Maybe even more than 90% , more like 97%. And the majority does not know how to upgrade an OS. Posted via the Android Central App
  • More like 99%.. Ask nearly any Android user what os version they have.. They'll respond "Android".. Not that iOS are any better.. They don't even know it's called iOS. Posted via Techmology
  • True. Most of public don't care about this stuff.
  • Yes, and the other 10 % rant and rave on the network sites about the latest update not being on their devices... They get positively vitriolic at times!
  • Lollipop has 35 percent of devices compared to 29 percent for KitKat. Also not really that sad even if you were right, just be glad people use Android.
  • Lots of people still use the S3 and S4 so that doesn't surprise me. I think the S2 got to Jelly Bean? Posted via Xperia Z5
  • My dad is still on 4.2 on his Galexy s 3 Posted via the Android Central App from my moto g 3rd Gen
  • Funny here on the cusp of Nougat for both my nexus and my Tab S2 just got marshmallow 5 days ago Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google needs to start strong arming these companies or do something. Because what they are doing right now obviously is not working. Posted via the Pokemon Central App
  • Love your signature LOL Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree totally with Beigealini - all the operators hide behind the guise of "testing for network compatibility", while in reality they control releases to try and motivate subscribers, who get sick and tired of waiting, to buy a new device and of course extend their contract in the process. NEXUS 5X ON AT&T ON 7.0 DP5 - Posted via the Android Central App
  • What contracts? Lol...most carriers are using EIPs now Posted via the awesome Nexus 6P 111GB on T-Mobile :3
  • We control it.. We are the market.. Buy Nexus. Posted via Techmology
  • This. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • Hilarious,with 7.0 about to drop. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lollipop rules. No monthly security updates needed, my Flex 2 rockin' 5.1.1 Never got hacked. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As far as you know
  • Now you did. #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Pathetic Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pathetic that some people are happy with their device and see no reason to upgrade? Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • As long as the apps work.. It's not that relevant which os version you're running. Most phones have stupid skins anyway. Posted via Techmology
  • 15.2% is just pathetic. Regardless of whether users know or care what version they use, it's ridiculous.
  • I agree even if the users don't know they should still be able to get the latest. Posted via Nexus 6
  • This is what happens when you have such an open system. Look at windows computers as an example. Microsoft had to beg people to get windows 10, even with a year of free upgrading. Still, people were content with what they knew. There's millions of people still using Vista, for crying out loud. With Android, it's not necessarily people being apathetic, it's more of a three-part equation. OEMs + carriers + many ignorant users = 15%
  • There are a lot of of security and privacy concerns with windows ten. Makes ppl nervous
  • Or maybe not so much ignorant as much as "if it ain't broke don't fix it" it's not like android has a stellar reputation for stable updates. The Microsoft comment really hit home, since I mostly use iOS ( gasp! The horror!) I realized I and most iOS users have no qualms about getting the latest updates from Apple, but I fully understand why Windows and android users would be apprehensive about an update, especially major ones.
  • More people on jelly bean than marshmallow lol insane. Galaxy s7 edge
  • If security and updates are important then you really only have one or two choices for security Blackberry for updates and security Nexus. take a stand and tell the OEMs enough is enough. -Sent from my Nexus 6p running Android Nougat DP 5
  • Nexus never has a micro SD card and the DAC chip is always terrible. I was close to buying a 6P but that SD DAC uhm hell naw. Posted via the Pokemon Central App
  • Okay #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Maybe it's a form of Tourette's Posted via the Android Central App
  • Albeit you don't really need a SD anyways...I got the 126GB Nexus...happy as bee still Posted via the awesome Nexus 6P 111GB on T-Mobile :3
  • The KitKat and Jelly Bean phones are the random phones that LG, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, etc, put out in different markets but never upgrade them to the next Android OS... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Actually Sony unlike LG and Samsung have updated a good number of their phones.
  • Also tablets.... Tablets are almost never ever updated.
  • Honestly the most used android version is usually two major updates behind and since andriod 7 nougat (sorry if that's the wrong spelling) lolipop being the most used makes sense.
  • So frigg'n sad and a fundamental flaw of the android eco system. This OS was released almost a year ago and only 15.2% of active android devices have this OS with android 7.0 right around the corner. Complete fail!!!!
  • i MIGHT see Nougat on this brand new S7 Active...probably trade it in for the S8 Active & skip the at&t update dilema. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google has done a good job dismantling the OS and serving up much of it as apps - which it keeps updated.
  • I'm helping Froyo to maintain it's 0.1% share! I have and use 3 samsung tab that runs Froyo xD. #savefroyo Posted with ❤Love❤
  • Lep from #stillalive Posted via the Android Central App
  • YOU HAVE THE LATEST UPDATE FOR THIS PHONE..... PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A CHOICE, I CAN'T AFFORD A NEW PHONE. THIS ONE WORKS JUST FINE 90% OF THE TIME Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, my sister doesn't care. Aside from her awful battery life, she's still using her S4, because it works just fine. I think people have more to complain about when their favorite app just stops working but that takes a long time to happen.
  • After launching of Android Nougat which may be launching this week on August 5th, the distribution numbers of these versions may slightly fall down.
  • From what I have read, just going the Nexus route does not insure Nougat upgrade. Not all models of the Nexus will get Nougat. It appears LG will have a non Nexus coup by introducing Nougat on the upcoming LG V20. I am curious, however, what causes the latest Android version to not be like iOS? Why can't the base OS be all at one version, and the manufacturers develop/program or tweak their 'skins' to meet the new requirements? I can see why adequate RAM would be a requirement for a phone to get newer versions, but Marshmallow/Nougat should run on a dual core Galaxy S3, albeit a little slower. Comparing iOS 7.0 regulated to the iPhone 4(which seemed to show it down immensely), but iOS 9 is available for the iPhone 4s and above, but the 4s ran much slower on each incremental iOS update. Even the 5/5s is slower. But they run the same software, and have a high percentage of users embracing all the updates as they are released. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have to admit, I like having the latest device with the latest OS. But now that I have an S6 with Marshmallow OS I really don't care right now what Google comes up with. Why Google has to come out with a new OS every 1.5 yrs is beyond me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have to admit, I like having the latest device with the latest OS. But now that I have an S6 with Marshmallow OS I really don't care right now what Google comes up with. Why Google has to come out with a new OS every 1.5 yrs is beyond me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • To keep OS fresh and feature packed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • most users have a "Samsung" phone. most Apple users think Android , or Samsung gets a VIRUS! ignorance is mainstream. Posted via the Android Central App
  • actually I might stick with my Nexus 5 on M, don't know if I can justify buying a new phone. will N be worth £4-500? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Meanwhile I still wait for Marshmellow to drop for my S5 mini. Posted via the Android Central App
  • At least the vast majority are on ICS or later, isn't that when Google started unpacking major Android components to the Play Store, thus improving security? Yeah, there is Stagefright and the like, but I think the big picture is WAY more secure now than when it was like 20% (or more) Froyo.
  • So, 15.2% of Google's 1.4 Billion active Android devices = 213 million Android devices on Marshmallow. This compares to 85% of 900m active iOS devices = 765 million iOS devices running iOS 9. Pretty shocking indictment of Android's broken Update Architecture.
  • And this is why I love my M8 running Marshmallow since March and no big issues.. I mean this phone is 2 years old and I running the latest OS with only 15% of users running it as well.. I'm not worry about security updates the OS is still new.. I am however thinking about that Note 7 which will get nougat at some point.. It's okay I have time to make my decisions.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just update to marshmallow, Cannot change that "screen shutting" effect? I liked that retro tv effect, now it just fades when I lock my phone. Posted via the Android Central App
    for LG G3
  • So a brand new captain billywizbang phone (note 7) just gets announced for $850 and it won't be running the newest android OS released the exact same month, plus we have no idea when it will be upgraded. this is pathetic at its very best.
  • Those not on marshmallow probably don't really care, they probably don't even have updates set to automatic anyway. There's probably a good percentage of people that don't use their phones to even 50% of its potential and guess what ? They don't care !!!! There's those handsets that will never get marshmallow too to take into consideration. Posted via the Android Central App