Google has published December’s distribution numbers for users on Android, revealing that 2013’s Android 4.4 KitKat has finally been edged out as the dominant API level of the platform by 2015’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
KitKat now claims a still-significant 24 percent chunk of the usage base, while Marshmallow now has 26.3 percent. Last month, Marshmallow had 24 percent, while KitKat sat at 25.2 percent.
KitKat enjoyed about two years as the dominant version, staying ahead of 2014’s Lollipop due to a technicality: the fact that it was divided into two releases — 5.0 and 5.1. If put together, Lollipop claims 34 percent of the user base, making it the most dominant dessert — however, Marshmallow is the single most used version by API level.
Meanwhile, the new player, Nougat hasn’t made much of an advancement, going from 0.3 percent to 0.4 percent.
Source: Android Developers