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Android Marshmallow closing in on Lollipop

Google Android usage graph for April 2017 shows that Marshmallow is close to gaining the crown
Google Android usage early April 2017
Google's latest data collected during the first days of this month show Nougat still struggling to reach the 5 percent barrier, while Android Lollipop's domination is finally approaching its end.

Although Marshmallow has been available since early October 2015, its predecessor is still the king. However, Lollipop's market share has been slowly going down for a while, and now it seems that Marshmallow will become the most popular Android version in a month, maybe two.

After spending a few months stuck at 1 percent, Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich continue their downfall, reaching 0.9 percent this month. These are all the new Android distribution numbers:

  • Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.3.7) - 0.9 percent
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3-4.0.4) - 0.9 percent
  • Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) - 10.1 percent
  • KitKat (4.4) - 20 percent
  • Lollipop (5.0-5.1) - 32 percent
  • Marshmallow (6.0) - 31.2 percent
  • Nougat (7.0-7.1) - 4.9 percent

There is also one interesting fact that needs to be highlighted - most likely due to the massive updates to Nougat, Android Marshmallow dropped 0.1 percent from last month.

The most popular screen size/density combination is still normal/hdpi (240 dpi), with 36.3 percent (0.2 percent gain since last month). OpenGL ES 3.0 also increases its lead by a small percentage, reaching 42.5 percent (0.2 percent increase).

The numbers mentioned in this article have been gathered by Google in the 7-day period that ended on April 3. These stats only take into account the devices that access Google Play, so devices like Android's Fire Phone have no impact on these statistics.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-04-11 (Update: 2017-04-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.