Marshmallow still sits below 5% in Android distribution for April 2016


It’s that time of the month when Google publishes the Android distribution numbers showing which versions of the mobile operating system are rising and falling worldwide.

The only version of Android to grow from last month is Marshmallow, which climbed from 2.3% to 4.6% while moving into fourth place in terms of popularity.

Hit the break for the full breakdown.

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Video exposes Marshmallow on the BlackBerry Priv


Since its release in November 2015, the operating system on the BlackBerry Priv has been out of date. BlackBerry’s phone to keep it surviving shipped with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop despite Marshmallow already being available for more than a month at that time, which was and still is quite strange considering the company promised (and has delivered) timely software updates. It’s just that none of the updates have bumped the Priv up to Marshmallow.

But we seem to finally be nearing Marshmallow’s arrival on the handset as someone obtained a Priv running the latest version of Android.

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Developers can join the Android Beta Program today, public beta coming this summer


The traditional way for developers (or really anyone) to get the pre-release versions of Android on devices is by installing factory images as they become available. With Google’s Android N, the Android N Developer Preview can be installed in two ways. The first is that usual factory image route because Google already posted them for the most recent Nexus devices. However, the new option is to enroll in the Android Beta Program for seamless over-the-air updates to move along to the latest beta versions of Android N.

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First factory images for Android N Developer Preview are up


We’re just hours into Android N being public and Google has already published factory images for various devices. The first version of the Android N Developer Preview can be put on the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. But, if you plan on installing factory images for them, please remember that this is still a preview and things are being worked on around the clock by Google.

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