Android 7.0 Nougat could be set for a release this August, but its predecessor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has not even managed to reach to one-quarter of all Android devices in the market.
Android is the leading mobile operating systems when it comes to the number of devices based on the platform. However, the fact that the OS is open source and can be used by any OEM has meant that rolling out updates never happens uniformly. After Google avails the OS for updating its Nexus lineup, partner OEMs take their time to make their tweaks and add other software on top of it (that’s what being open source is all about), hence the delays.
At the time of this writing, quite a number of flagship devices from the past two years have been updated with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The update has just begun rolling out to entry-level handsets as well as other mid-range devices, but the update could only reach a handful of these handsets. More than 8 months since Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the OS has now reached on just 15.2% of all Android devices. This is an increment of 1.9% from last month’s 13.3%, something that shows how slow the operating system’s adoption is.
Typically, newer versions of Android have taken up to a year before reaching out to a significant number of devices. Apparently, nothing will be changing as far as Android 6.0 Marshmallow is concerned. The sad reality is that last year’s version is still trailing the previous versions of Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Given that many Android devices out there fall in the entry or mid-level market, it is possible that Android 6.0 Marshmallow figures might improve as the year fades away. This is because most OEMs, including the most dominant in the Android world, among them Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi, have begun rolling out the Marshmallow update to their mid-range devices across the globe.
If your device is about a year old or less, be sure to keep checking for Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates via the phone’s Settings. Who knows, you might be one of the lucky ones poised to help Marshmallow outperform the likes of Android KitKat and even Lollipop, although newer devices are still coming in based on the latter OS.