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Android Distribution Updated for February 2016: Hey, Marshmallow Hits 1%!

Posted by Kellex February - 2 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google updated its Android distribution numbers this morning for the month of February, showing minor adoption of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In fact, Android 6.0 jumped from just 0.7% the month prior to 1.2%. That seems, at least to me, like pretty slow movement to the newest version of Android after almost four months of it being available. And when consider the fact that Android 6.0 was released as developer previews as early as last May, you have to wonder what is taking the world so long to update to it. 

The rest of the Android landscape hasn’t changed all that much from January until now. Lollipop now sits at 34.1% of the pie, up from 32.6%. Everyone else is (and should be) dropping, like KitKat to 35.5% (from 36.1%), Jelly Bean to 23.9% (from 24.7%), Ice Cream Sandwich to 2.5% (from 2.7%), Gingerbread to 2.7% (from 3.0%), and Froyo to 0.1% (from 0.2%).

You can see last month’s numbers here.

Via:  Android

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More than 4x as many people are running Gingerbread than Marshmallow

Posted by wicked January - 6 - 2016 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Do you remember when Gingerbread came out? This would have been December 2010: more than five years ago. Do you remember your excitement and anticipation as you waited for Android 2.3 to finally arrive on your device? You might be feeling the same way about Marshmallow now, eagerly awaiting its eventual appearance.

Well, the new Android distribution numbers this month are in, and as it stands, only 0.7% of Android users are currently running Marshmallow, the most up-to-date version of Android. Gingerbread, however, is still rocking a hard 3.0%. This means that more than four times as many people are running Gingerbread than are running Marshmallow.

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Last month, Marshmallow made a pretty solid leap to get to .5% usership. In the intervening time, however, we haven’t seen anywhere near as much growth proportionally. Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop still dominate the Android ecosystem. Lollipop is holding strong at 32.4% usership, but KitKat still holds the largest share at 36.1%. Marshmallow’s notoriously slow adoption rate means that the only version of Android it’s currently beating out is Froyo. That’s right, Froyo: the version that introduced push notifications and the ability to view animated gifs in-browser.


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The fragmentation of the Android ecosystem isn’t a new topic of discussion by any means, but seeing these numbers stacked against each other paints a vivid image of just how divided usership remains going into 2016. Gingerbread was the first version of the Android operating system that offered functionality for multiple cameras on the same device, and as of the beginning of this year, the number of people still stuck on that version of Android is quadruple the number of people using Marshmallow.

It’s definitely food for thought, but it’s not as bad as many would have you believe. While a number of people are still stuck on older versions of Android, updates to Google Play services and other Google apps means that the majority of Android apps work with just about any Android version, and this is especially true with devices that are rocking Jelly Bean or higher. 

Here’s the full stats as they stand:

Froyo: 0.2%
Gingerbread: 3.0%
Ice Cream Sandwich: 2.7%
Jelly Bean: 24.7%
KitKat: 36.1%
Lollipop: 32.4
Marshmallow: 0.7%

What are your thoughts regarding the current state of the Android ecosystem? Does this gap bother you, or not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Android Distribution Updated for November 2015 – Marshmallow Debuts!

Posted by Kellex November - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Google updated the Android distribution numbers today for the month of November to show any changes or shifts that have taken place within the past month. The numbers aren’t wildly different this time around, but we are seeing the debut of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the chart. 

With the launch of the new Nexus devices and over-the-air (OTA) updates to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus 7 (2013), Android 6.0 squeaks in a 0.3%. The cutoff is 0.1%, so yeah, it just barely made it.

As for the rest of the numbers, we saw a jump for Lollipop 25.6% (from 23.5%), while most of the rest of the versions all dropped. KitKat now sits at 37.8% (from 38.9%), Jelly Bean at 29% (from 30.2%), and Ice Cream Sandwich at 3.3% (3.4%). Gingerbread (3.8%) and Froyo (0.2%) are where they were and probably will be.

You can see last month’s numbers here.

Via:  Android Developers

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Android Distribution Updated for October 2015 – Lollipop Up to 23.5%

Posted by Kellex October - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google updated its Android Distribution numbers for the month of October, showing a slight bump in the number of phones running Android 5.0+ Lollipop to 23.5%. Last month, Lolli sat at 21% on the dot.

As for the other numbers, every other version is down, which makes sense as phones adopt new versions of Android:  Kit Kat 38.9% (39.2%), Jelly Bean 30.2% (31.8%), Ice Cream Sandwich 3.4% (3.7%), Gingerbread 3.8% (4.1%), and Froyo 0.2% (0.2%). 

Since Android 6.0 Marshmallow was just made official yesterday, it hasn’t quite found its way into this monthly chart, but that could change come November.

You can read last month’s numbers here.

Via:  Android Developers

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Android Distribution Updated for September 2015 – Lollipop on 21% of Devices

Posted by Kellex September - 8 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google updates its Android distribution numbers for September 2015 this morning, showing a jump for Lollipop (Android 5.0+) from 18.1% to 21%. While no where near 50% or a number that would make Apple and Tim Cook angry, we are closing in on the quarter mark. Hey, it’s something!

As for the rest of the Android versions, KitKat sits at 39.2%, Jelly Bean 31.8%, Ice Cream Sandwich 3.7%, Gingerbread 4.1%, and Froyo 0.2%. 

Last month’s Android distribution numbers can be seen here.

Via:  Android Developers

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Android Distribution Updated for August 2015, Lollipop Jumps to 18%

Posted by Kellex August - 3 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Google took the month of July off, but today, went ahead and updated the Android OS distribution numbers for August.

In the two months since they last updated, Lollipop has seen a sizable jump from 11.6% to over 18%. Other than that, there hasn’t been much movement. KitKat barely moved up to 39.3% (from 39.2%), while Jelly Bean (37.4% to 33.6%), Ice Cream Sandwich (5.1% to 4.1%), and Gingerbread (5.6% to 4.6%) all dropped. 

You can see June’s numbers here.

Via:  Android Developers

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Friday Poll: What Version of Android is Your Phone Running?

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 5 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Earlier this week, Google updated its Android distribution numbers, showing that only a small group of users, at about 12%, are running the latest version of the OS available. Lollipop was released last year, and now that we are creeping towards the half of 2015, we would have hoped to see that number a bit higher.

Regardless, there are a lot of versions of Android still out in the wild, with plenty of ‘mid-range’ and even some ‘high-end’ models of phones running Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Our question today is, what version of Android is your current smartphone running?

To see what version of Android you are on, head into Settings, About Phone, Software Info, then you should see exactly what your phone is running.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

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Android distribution for this month shows Lollipop on 3.3% of devices

Posted by wicked March - 3 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The latest distribution of Android was published earlier today and it shows that Lollipop has reached 3.3% of devices with Google’s operating system. This is an increase from January when Lollipop was not able to be registered, so it took the current version of Android about 3-4 months to become noteworthy. The most commonly found version is still Android 4.4 KitKat with 40.9% of the distribution. All of the other versions, with the exception of Android 2.2 Froyo, are continuing to fall.

Source: Android Developers

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Monday Poll: Which version of Android is your phone running?

Posted by Kellex December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”

As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!

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Android distrubtion shows KitKat leading as all other versions decline

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The latest round of Android distribution numbers is no different than last month’s changes. While continuing to dominate as a whole, Jelly Bean is declining in favor of KitKat. Jelly Bean has finally fell below 50% and KitKat is now approaching 34%. With the release of Lollipop, it is highly unlikely that KitKat will ever surpass Jelly Bean; however, Jelly Bean should continue to see declines and eventually lose its lead.

Actually, all versions of Android are on seeing percentages slide down except for KitKat. Somehow, Froyo is still clinging on with 0.5% but that should be ushered out within the next three months or so because newer versions of Android are much better suited for low-cost devices. Gingerbread is looming around 9% and Ice Cream Sandwich fell below 7.8%.

Expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive on the chart next month when it has had time to be pushed to additional devices.

Source: Android Developers

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