Google’s Android Marshmallow is now running on 18.7 per cent devices, reveals latest distribution data by the company. Google put out its latest chart indicating the number of devices running on different Android versions. The data was collected during a 7-day period ending September 5. “This data reflects devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and higher. Each snapshot of data represents all the devices that visited the Google Play Store in the prior 7 days,” the Android Developers Dashboard page reads.
Android Marshmallow has seen a significant rise in installs as compared to August, when it had close to 15.2 per cent users. However, Android Lollipop, a two-year-old version of the operating system, is down form 35.5 per cent users last month to 35 per cent in September. Android KitKat saw a decline in number of installs as well. Android KitKat was installed by 29.2 per cent and 27.7 per cent users in August, September respectively. Android Jelly Bean is now powering 15.6 per cent users as compared to 16.7 percent last month. Android Froyo and Gingerbread are running on as low as 0.1 per cent and 1.5 per cent devices respectively.
Google has not listed the percentage of Android 7.0 Nougat users, given that it was rolled out for Nexus devices just two weeks ago. There still remains a large number of devices yet to get Android Nougat update. Android Nougat is a significant update over Marshmallow, as it adds new design elements to notifications. Android Marshmallow, which was unveiled in October 2015, has seen a steady increase in the number of users from 1.2 per cent in February to 18.7 per cent in September.