Google had announced last month Android Marshmallow is running on 13.3 per cent devices. Now the latest data put up on the Android Developers Dashboard lists Marshmallow at 15.2 per cent, which indicates the Android version is growing steadily. However, Android Marshmallow is still way behind Android Lollipop, a two-year-old version of the operating system which is now running on 35.5 per cent of devices currently. The data was collected during a 7-day period ending August 1. “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 Kitkat now runs on 29.2 per cent devices as opposed to 30.1 per cent in July. Android Jelly Bean is now powering 16.7 per devices. Although almost negligible, we see a decline in the number of devices running Android Lollipop 5.0 at 17.8 per cent in July to 14.1 per cent in August.
Android Gingerbread and Froyo are running on as low as 1.7 per cent and 0.1 per cent devices respectively. Android Marshmallow was first fully unveiled in October 2015, and we’ve seen a slow and steady increase in the number of devices running the OS from 1.2 per cent in February to 15.2 per cent in August.
Google is expected to roll out its latest Android version – Android Nougat – tomorrow. Android Nougat will bring with of a hot of new features like Doze on the Go, Data saver, Split-screen mode and changes to Camera app. Google unveiled Developer Preview 5 of Android Nougat late July. The Developer Preview allowed Android Developers to take note of system behaviour changes in Android N by testing their apps.