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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.
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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 - Senior Tech Writer - 5461 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2017-04-11 (Update: 2017-04-11)