Google has published its latest monthly breakdown of platform usage, showing the proportion of active devices running each version of the Android OS.
The data was collected during a seven-day period ending on July 11, and shows declines for every version of the OS except for the two newest releases (and 2.2 Froyo, which stubbornly remains at 0.1% for another month).
Nine months after its original release, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (which includes version 6.0.1) is now installed on 13.3% of active Android devices.
That's an increase of 3.2% compared with a month ago, when it had risen by 2.6%. That makes this the biggest single month's gain for Marshmallow since its rollout began (the largest previous increase, of 2.9%, was two months ago).
|Version||Codename||API||Last month||This month||Change|
|2.3.3 - 2.3.7||Gingerbread||10||2.0%||1.9%||-0.1%|
|4.0.3 - 4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||15||1.9%||1.7%||-0.2%|
Android 5.1 Lollipop (including 5.1.1) was the only other version to increase its share of the platform this month, rising by 0.8%, and is now installed on almost 21% of devices. Combined with version 5.0, Lollipop's total share of 35.1% now far exceeds that of 4.4 KitKat, which shrank by 1.5% to 30.1% over the last month.
But despite Marshmallow's recent gains, Google has little to be proud of here. 13.3% is hardly an impressive figure after nine months of availability, especially when you consider that 86.7% of active Android devices - hundreds of millions in total - are still in active use but remain stuck on versions of the OS that are, in some cases, several years old.
Source: Android Developers