In the latest platform version update from the Android team, the slow adoption of Android Marshmallow continues in the market. The latest version of Android is now running on 15.2% of all devices that hit the Play Store during a 7 day period that ended August 1st. That is up from 13.3% in the report last month. While the growth is certainly not setting the world alight, it is a positive sign that more devices are either coming with the latest version of Android installed or are getting updated. But, frankly, this also is a bit disheartening when you consider that in all likelihood, we will see Android Nougat released this month.
Perhaps more concerning for Marshmallow is the fact that Lollipop actually gained install base share this month. Last month it sat at 35.1% but in August has gone up slightly to 35.5%. Android
KitKat continued to decline however, dropping .9% to 29.2% in August while Jelly Bean also declined by the same .9% to 16.7%.
You can see from the graphic from the report that much older version of Android are still out there including v2.2, Froyo, holding on desperately at .1%.
Looking at things with regards to ClintonFitch.com, Android Marshmallow has a just higher adoption rate from readers. For the same time period, 70% of all Android devices coming to the site ran Marshmallow just 15.89% ran Lollipop. KitKat users hitting the site made up 1.9% of the install base while Froyo made up .8% of the total.
Interestingly, Android Nougat made up 2.45% of visitors to this site. Google themselves won’t list Android 7.0 in this report just yet given that it isn’t officially released.