In two months after the launch of Marshmallow, not too many manufacturers have rushed to upgrade their devices and many users were frustrated that carriers have moved very slowly, as they released the firmware much later than the manufacturers did for the unlocked versions. Currently, Marshmallow is installed on 10 percent of active Android devices and this is an important milestone crossed by Google.
In March, Android Marshmallow had an adoption rate of only 2.3 percent and many flagships were put on the waiting list to be upgraded. The slow adoption rate of Marshmallow has frustrated many users, who put pressure on manufacturers and carriers to rush and release the update. Thanks to their insistence, Marshmallow jumped the 10 percent mark and more devices have been accepted to be upgraded as soon as possible.
In April, the adoption rate was 4.6 percent, then in May it jumped to 7.5 percent and in June, it crossed the 10.1 percent milestone, which is a big achievement for Google. But, let’s see how older Android versions have progressed. Lollipop registered a presence of 35.6 percent in May, but for some reason, the percentage has decreased in June, now being installed on 35.4 percent of total active Android devices. Most likely, this deceleration will continue because some of the devices are being upgraded to Marshmallow. However, 35.4 percent is formed from Android 5.0 (15.4, declined from 16.2 percent) and Android 5.1 (20 percent, boosted from 19.4 percent).
In May, Android 4.4 (KitKat) had a presence of 32.5 percent, which has declined to 31.6 percent, while Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean has dropped from 20.1 percent to 18.9 percent. Much older Android versions are slowly going extinct, as 4.0.3-4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has dropped from 2.0 percent to 1.9 percent and Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 (Gingerbread) has declined from 2.2 percent to 2.0 percent. Android 2.2 (Froyo) is still installed on 0.1 percent of Android devices.
In the next months, more devices will come preinstalled with Marshmallow, increasing the percentage of devices that run on this platform.
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