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Marshmallow is now installed on 4.6% of Android devices, doubling last month's figures

Google has once again published its breakdown of Android usage. The monthly report shows what percentage of Android devices are using which version, screen sizes and pixel densities, and OpenGL versions.

The data was collected during a seven day period that ended on April 4. It is gathered from the Google Play Store app, so any device that does not include the app is not accounted for, including versions older than Android 2.2 Froyo.

Last month, we noted that while Android Marshmallow usage had almost doubled to 2.3%, the big winner was Lollipop for the third month in a row. This month's results show something entirely different.

Marshmallow has once again doubled in usage, this time bringing it to 4.6%. The one trend that remains from last month is that versions 5.1 and 6.0 are the only versions to show growth; however, the growth of 5.1 is much less this month.

Version Codename API Last month This month Change
2.2 Froyo 8 0.1% 0.1% -
2.3.3 - 2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 2.6% 2.6% -
4.0.3 - 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 2.3% 2.2% -0.1%
4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 8.1% 7.8% -0.3%
4.2.x 17 11.0% 10.5% -0.5%
4.3 18 3.2% 3.0% -0.2%
4.4 KitKat 19 34.3% 33.4% -0.9%
5.0 Lollipop 21 16.9% 16.4% -0.5%
5.1 22 19.2% 19.4% +0.2%
6.0 Marshmallow 23 2.3% 4.6% +2.3%

Lollipop as a whole saw a 0.3% drop in usage, a marked difference from last month's 2% growth. Despite Google rolling out Marshmallow almost six months ago, the platform seems to be starting to finally grab some traction.

Despite Lollipop's stumble, it still remains the most used codename of Android, as KitKat has dropped off by 0.9%. It took Lollipop 16 months from when it was first released to become the most used version, which finally happened last month.

Obviously, Marshmallow usage will continue to rise as new devices are released and more existing devices get updated. Of course, Google has released a Developer Preview for its next version of Android, which is slated to arrive in the third quarter.

Source: Android Developers

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