Android M, which is now a year old, is running on only 10.1 per cent of active devices, reveals Google’s own data. Google puts out the monthly device share for each of its Android versions on the developer.android.com website.
Stats show that Lollipop is the most dominant if you combine version 5.0 (15.4 per cent) and 5.1 (20 per cent) with a total share of 35.4 percentage points. However on its own KitKat, which is nearly three years old now, has a 31.6 per cent market, which is higher than any one version of Lollipop or Jelly Bean.
Based on the numbers, Android M lags behind even Jelly Bean (all versions combined), which is nearly a four year-old version of the OS.
Jelly Bean has a share of 6.8 per cent for version 4.1.x, while 4.2.x has a 9.4 per cent share and version 4.3 has a 2.7 per cent share. This puts Jelly Bean’s combined total at 18.9 percentage points of the total Android devices. Ice-cream sandwich also has a 1.9 share in the Android universe.
Google has already released a developer preview for Android N, which has a new streamlined multitasking menu, split-screen support, a redesigned notifications panel, and support for Daydream, which is Google’s VR platform.
At the I/O 2016 conference, Google announced the new features for Android N with DayDream being seen as a significant addition.
Android N will also come with file based encryption, media framework hardening and seamless updates. Android N will download updates in the background and boot to newer system image, whenever user restart their phone.
Of course, as Google’s own numbers show that for a lot of users, even that Android M update is yet to make an appearance. And there are serious consequences for users who don’t end up getting the update, especially on the security side.
With many users still stuck on older versions of Android, there’s no doubt, they are missing out on the latest updates and features from Google.