Google: 36.1% of devices on Lollipop, 2.3% on Marshmallow

Ian Hardy

March 8, 2016 4:59pm

In February, 1.2 percent of Android devices were running Marshmallow. One month later, that number has almost doubled to 2.3 percent. In Canada, a number of devices were updated to Marshmallow, including the ZTE Axon Pro, Moto G (2014) and the LG G4.

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As has been the case for a number of years, older versions of Android account for the majority of the ecosystem. Lollipop is powering 36.1 percent of devices, up from 34.1 percent last month. In addition, 4.4 KitKat is now the second most used version of Android with 34.3 percent of devices on the OS, while 4.x Jelly Bean, now on 22.3 percent devices, continues its steady decline. Froyo, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich account for five percent of devices.

Lastly, despite the fact WhatsApp announced its plan to discontinue support for Froyo-equipped devices, a stubborn 0.1 percent of Android devices remain on the aging operating system.

  • thereasoner

    They really need to break down the adoption list by device class. What would be useful information is the update schedule for flagship level devices in a similar price range to iPhones.

    Lumping all devices together really just muddied the waters, we already know that cheap phones don’t get supported. Heck, OEMs are still making dirt cheap new phones for 3rd world markets with KitKat out of the box by the millions with the specs that match, why do we need to know about those when it’s obvious already that they aren’t supposed to get updates ?

  • Deathdearth

    Manufacturers and carriers to blame for this clusterfck

  • MoYeung

    Xperia arc 4.0.4 here

  • SmellyFingr

    Wow, such an achievement *slow clap* /s

  • Allan

    What a disaster.

    • FlamesFan89

      Why? Even if you have an old device that is on Jelly Bean, what apps are you unable to run? Is you life somehow stunted because you don’t have “Doze”?

      I understand the issue of security patches, but the reality is that millions upon millions of people use their devices each day, which aren’t on Marshmallow, and the world still turns. It is only the techies that gasp at the thought of not having the latest OS. The other 99.999% of smartphone users can barely tell you whether their phone is an Android or an iPhone let alone what version of the OS is on their phone.

    • Allan

      It’s not that life is stunted, but your device’s performance is stunted.

      Luckily I use a Nexus device, and don’t worry about when I’ll receive the next update (if at all). Also, eventually there will be some apps/ features that you won’t be able to run. I can’t name them because my phone is always up to date.

    • FlamesFan89

      But for the person using that device, their usage isn’t stunted, and that’s my point. This is anecdotal, but take my mom as a prime example of a huge portion of the population of cell phone users out there that aren’t the techie types like us here reading a tech blog. She needs her phone to be able to make phone calls, text, have a calendar that she can manager her schedule, read emails, and she plays solitaire. She could be on freaking Froyo and her phone would provide her with everything she needs. It might be slower than the latest flagships, but she doesn’t care. And the reality is, that’s a much bigger portion of the population than the portion that are running apps that require the latest SoCs and 4GB of RAM, etc.

  • Andrew English

    Carriers need to stop pushing the older devices that will never get the latest updates installed on them; this is why the older versions of android have higher numbers. The manufactures should accept the devices these carriers don’t sell back at a lower price but not so low that the carriers won’t want to give them back. This way we can see newer devices with the latest OS or a generation or two older phone with the updates being pushed out to them.