Marshmallow's share jumps to 7.5% in latest Android distribution numbers

Google has released its latest update to the distribution numbers for each version of Android, with data that was collected on May 2. According to the latest numbers, Marshmallow's share saw a notable jump up from 4.6% in April to 7.5% in May.

Android May Distribution numbers

Google's data shows the previous Android version, Lollipop, went down slightly from 35.8% in April to 35.6% in May, but it remains as the version of Android with the most installs.

KitKat went down from 33.4% in April to 32.5% in May. Jelly Bean went down from 21.3% to 20.1% in the same period, while Ice Cream Sandwich dropped from 2.2% to 2.0%. Gingerbread went down from 2.6 to 2.2%. Finally, Froyo is still hanging on by a thread, totaling just 0.1% of all Android devices.

John Callaham
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  • Kit Kat at those levels shows the issues with security that can not be ignored, but will be by Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google cannot force OEMs to update their devices (OS or security) Posted from outer space on my Moto X Style
  • Maybe they should be enforcing that though, at least for security patches. Posted via the Android Central App
  • With the license (GPL) that AOSP is under or whatever you are absolutely right, it will pretty much never change. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Play Services fixes that a bit, I booted up my old phone with ICS due to repairs. Play Services updated and I had apk scanning which it didn't have when it was new. Plus all the other stuffed they put in there. Was awesome that it could sync photos to Google Photos as an example.
  • Man at this pace it'll be at 16% by the time the new Nexus and Android N are released. 
  • This is primarily the fault of Samsung Posted via the Android Central App
  • What sucks is that they have no incentive to care. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • How? My note 4, S6, and S7e are all on mm. MM is just being released for the G3. So right now, the hold up is LG, not samsung. Honestly though, if people upgraded at the end of every year to a nexus device, this wouldn't be an issue! Lol
  • Marshmallow is so 2015. Lol. I got bugs. Posted from Nexus 6 running Android N
  • Lol
  • The problem is really not any of the main players flagship devices, they get updated, even if it's slowly "Samsung" it's all the mid range and low end devices that get sold and never see a single update. Especially the less known manufacturers.
  • G3 is released at around the same time as s5 which is also still being updated to MM Posted via the Galaxy Note 5
  • Well one thing is for sure... T Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is not apart of the percentage.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • ATT either. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Att is drawing the mm numbers way down. I don't understand why they are not releasing it quicker. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One of the things I hate about Android (out if the many I love) is the atrocious fragmentation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok I have a great idea... Why dont oems like LG and Samsung when they make cheap android phones instead of putting TW on it why dont they just put stock Android on it so it runs better and gets updates and then they can spend more time on the flagships... Just a idea Posted via my LG G4
  • Because many like myself do not want to have anything to do with stock Android. luvin my s7 edge
  • Why do you say that please enlighten me? Posted via my LG G4
  • Most people don't won't or even know with stock Android is. Your normal consumer wants as many bells and whistles that you can pack in a phone. Stock is boring and featureless and will be mostly ignored by the population. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The average use when they buy a cheap phone just want it to work well and have a good battery and make calls. TW on low end samsung phones is a huge fail Posted via my LG G4
  • Maybe 2 years ago. It's OK at the moment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I assume this includes tablets and possibly TV boxes which would be left behind more often? luvin my s7 edge
  • Woo Hoo!