Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been making its way to Nexus devices, and more slowly to other new phones in recent weeks. When we last checked the Android version distribution early in October, Marshmallow had not yet cracked 0.1 percent of all Android smartphones in use, while versions of 5.x Lollipop were just over 23 percent.
As of November 2nd, new stats are up for the previous 30 days, and Marshmallow has popped up out of the statistical noise for the first time, its usage totaling 0.3 percent. As for the older versions of Android, 5.x Lollipop gained a couple of percentage points, to 25.6 percent, and 4.4 KitKat and 4.x Jelly Bean versions dropped a few percentage points to 37.8 and 29 percent respectively.
Google has been doing everything in its power to keep Android platform fragmentation down, as well as taking steps to keep systems updated even if carriers won’t push version updates through. Google Play Services has been a huge help in that department, but it’s still disappointing that so many customers are stuck using two or more year old software.