With Android 7.0 Nougat preparing a big arrival in the coming weeks, what does last year’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow look like? Well, not so good according to the Android distribution figures posted by Google. It is shown that the late 2015 release of Android is only found on 18.7% of all Android devices out there. This is quite disappointing, especially since it’s been nearly 12 months since the OS was publicly released.
While we don’t have actual numbers, the percentages give us a good idea of the fragmentation in the Android platform. Unsurprisingly, Android 7.0 hasn’t even made it to the list as it is running on less than 0.1% of the devices. This is not much of a surprise as the Nougat update is yet to go official commercially and is only available in beta builds.
Android 4.4 KitKat is still on 27.7% of devices while Android 5.0 and 5.1 collectively make up for 35% of the Android population. It is hoped that devices that are currently running Lollipop will eventually transition into Marshmallow and increase those figures somewhat. But going by the current trend, we don’t see Nougat seeing a lot of marketshare even six months down the line.
While Google is quite prompt with its updates, manufacturers are often lagging behind. This is perhaps the primary cause for so many Android devices being left behind and we hope Google comes up with a solution to this sooner rather than later.