Android 6.0 Marshmallow usage has almost doubled in the last month
After spending a long time as leader of the Android distribution charts, KitKat finally steps down and Android Lollipop becomes the most used version of Google's mobile operating system. However, the most interesting part of the new charts is Marshmallow's evolution, as this major Android release almost doubled its market share in a month, jumping from 1.2 percent to 2.3 percent.
The data collected by Google during the 7-day period that ends on March 1st shows the following numbers:
- 2.2 Froyo - 0.1 percent (stable)
- 2.3 Gingerbread - 2.6 percent (0.1 percent drop)
- 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - 2.5 percent (0.2 percent down)
- 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Jelly Bean - 8.1, 11.0, 3.2 percent (0.7, 0.7, 0.2 percent down)
- 4.4 KitKat - 34.3 percent (1.2 percent loss)
- 5.0, 5.1 Lollipop - 16.9, 19.2 percent (0.1 percent down, 2.1 percent up)
- 6.0 Marshmallow - 2.3 percent (1.1 percent increase)
Compared to last month, the winners are Lollipop (2 percent increase overall) and Marshmallow. Although the market share gain of Android 6 is lower than Lollipop's, the growth from 1.2 to 2.3 percent in a single month is quite impressive. The next thing to come is Froyo's disappearance from the charts, but Marshmallow is now the main Android variant to watch.