Android Marshmallow Isn't Too Much More Popular Than 2010's Gingerbread

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

As annoying as Apple’s smug Android putdowns may be, they’re often bang on the money. Google’s mobile operating system has a long-standing fragmentation problem, and the latest Android Platform Distribution numbers show that the company’s yet to address them.

Marshmallow, which came out last October, is the fourth most popular version of Android, currently running on just 7.5% of active Android devices. Lollipop, which arrived in 2014, dominates with 35.6% of the slice, while 2013’s KitKat (32.5%) and 2012’s Jelly Bean (20.1%) trail just behind.

Gingerbread (2.2%) and Ice Cream Sandwich (2%) are still very much alive too, though Froyo (0.1%) doesn’t look like it’ll be around too much longer.

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While many would argue that the buck stops with Google, the company’s hardware partners are the ones dragging their feet over Android updates. The longer they take to roll them out, the more frustrated consumers become and the more likely they are to buy a new phone with the latest version of Android pre-installed. That’s the theory, anyway.

It’ll be interesting to see how Google addresses the problem at I/O 2016 in a fortnight. [Android Developers via Phandroid]

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