Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow now running on 7.5 percent of active Android devices
The market share of Google's latest Android version is finally growing at a steady pace. After being available for over a year, the latest numbers from Google Dashboard are reporting that 7.5 percent of active Android smartphones are now running Android 6.0 Marshmallow compared to 4.6 percent in March and April. This also marks the first time that Marshmallow surpassed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is now running on just 7.2 percent of all Android devices. Google's definition of an "active" Android device is one that has accessed the Play Store within a 7-day period.
Other than Marshmallow and Jelly Bean, most other versions are still prevalent. Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop are still running on 16.2 percent and 19.4 percent of Android devices, respectively, and together make up the majority at 35.6 percent. This is down 0.2 percent compared to the beginning of April. Android 4.4 KitKat also saw a slight decline from 33.4 percent to 32.5 percent in the same time frame.
Older Android versions like 4.1.x to 4.3 Jelly Bean now make up 20.1 percent compared to 21.3 percent in April while Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is now only on 2 percent of devices. Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 Gingerbread and Android 2.2 Froyo are on 2.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.