Marshmallow, Lollipop continue to grow as Nougat approaches


Before a new version of the mobile operating system debuts, we’re sharing the Android distribution numbers for August 2016.


Nothing here is particularly surprising, but it does seem like Marshmallow’s growth has stunted slightly. Ten months after launching, the most recent version of Android is still in fourth place. Even Jelly Bean, which launched in June 2012, is in front of Marshmallow. The same goes for 2014’s KitKat and 2015’s Lollipop, the latter of which is still the most popular version of Android.

Compared to last month, here are the percentage point changes:

  • Marshmallow: +1.9%
  • Lollipop: +0.4%
  • KitKat: -0.9%
  • Jelly Bean: -1.1%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich: -0.1%
  • Gingerbread: -0.2%
  • Froyo: 0%

On a positive note, the older versions of Android are slipping into darkness. Marshmallow and Lollipop are the only two that experienced growth since July, and Froyo is somehow sitting idly at 0.1%. If we go by September 2015’s estimation of 1.4 billion monthly active users with an Android device, there are 212.8 million devices on Marshmallow worldwide.

There’s a chance we see a new name on the list next month as Google is expected to launch Android 7.0 Nougat this month. Although Nougat won’t register a large percentage (or even enough to register on the list), it’ll begin an expedition to surpass all of its predecessors.

Source: Android Developers

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