Marshmallow Crosses 1 Percent Mark, Trails Behind Lollipop Adoption

Main Image
  • Like
  • Comment
  • Share

Android Marshmallow is now running on 1.2 percent of Android handsets. The number is staggeringly low especially since Marshmallow has been around for around for 4 Months and also because 3 months down the road Google will be talking about the next Android version at Google IO 2016. But in light of current state of affairs, even crossing 1 percent mark post 4 months feels like a crossing a major hurdle.

Nexus-6P-10

To put Marshmallow growth in perspective, let’s compare it to Lollipop’s march last year.

At the same time last year, Android Lollipop was running on 1.6 percent devices. Later by May 2015, Lollipop adoption caught speed and the OS crawled over 9 percent of Android space. You must also take into account that Lollipop has a much slower start. Remember how Motorola updated its portfolio even before Nexus devices? Going by those numbers Marshmallow is trailing, though not by a wide margin.

Another point worth considering is that Android Marshmallow brought forth the new material design and was more in consumer demand back them as compared to Marshmallow today. Mandatory encryption on Marshmallow could also hold back its adoption.

Android fragmentation is in Android DNA and even talking about it at this point of time feels regressive. It’s a fractured ecosystem and OEMs losing money left and right don’t have enough motivation to support device in the long run.

s

Google acknowledges the problem, and doesn’t want users to wait one whole year before experiencing a feature added today. As a solution, most changes in the new Android versions are now passed on to all users via app updates though Playstore. For example, the new verticle app drawer in Marshmallow was rolled out as update to Google Now Launcher and can be experienced by all Android users irrespective of the base version.

One and half years past its debut, Lollipop is finally on 32.6 percent of devices and might soon replace KitKat (35.5 %) to become the most popular Android flavor. Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwitch, Gingerbread and Froyo are gradually phasing out and currently retain 23.9%, 2.5%, 2.7% and 0.1% share of the Android pie.

Also Read: Nexus 5X Full Review – The Phone We Love Despite All Its Flaws

Deepak SinghDeepak Singh
Deepak has more than 8 years of experience in covering technology for several eminent publications in India. He currently leads an enthusiastic team of young writers at Smartprix and tries to uphold the highest quality standards.

Related Articles

ImageExclusive: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Specs Revealed Ahead of Unveiling at Paris Unpacked

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event is scheduled for July 10, which is still several weeks away. At the upcoming unpacked event, Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Watch Ultra, and Galaxy Ring. Earlier, we revealed the 5K renders of the Galaxy Z Flip6 …

ImageGoogle says there will be no Android Q, instead it will be Android 10 and so forth

There are around 2.5 billion Android devices across the globe and Google is planning to streamline the platform. A recent report reveals that the Silicon Valley giant will not be using Dessert-based moniker for the Android versions. So, if you were wondering names for the upcoming Android Q, don’t bother! Well, there will be no …

ImageGoogle CameraX tool would enhance the camera experience across all Android phones

CameraX is an interesting tool that was released amid the multitude of products and services showcased at Google I/O event, 2019. With this new tool, developers engineer their camera apps to function across different Android phones. Put on your curious caps to know more about the new tool. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL …

ImageLatest iOS 17 adoption rates trail behind iOS 16

Apple’s recent release of official data on iOS 17 adoption revealed a startling trend: the current version is being adopted at a slower rate than its predecessor, iOS 16. While this does not necessarily imply faults with the upgrade, it does highlight questions about user behavior and potential impediments to adoption. Check out the details! …

ImageNothing OS 2.0 Upgrade For Phone 1 Released: Here Are All The New Features

Carl Pei, the driving force behind Nothing, announced another software upgrade for the Phone 1, marking another milestone for the company since the launch of its inaugural smartphone in July 2022. The much-anticipated Nothing OS 2.0, built upon the foundation of Android 13, is now being rolled out to all users of the Phone 1, …

Discuss

Be the first to leave a comment.