Android Marshmallow is the fastest Google OS to be adopted by users thanks to the fact that it has more than doubled its user base in just about two months.
The OS has now hit the 10.1% margin, up from the 4.6% it managed back in April 2016 and up by 2.6% from what was recorded back in May. This is huge news for Google, especially since the company is preparing for the release of Android N, the successor to the said Marshmallow OS. At the moment, the former OS is still in public beta, but it is expected to be here in fall along with refreshed versions of the Google Nexus phones.
But before this, it seems major OEMs are readying their devices for this OS by updating the devices from last year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are also some units from 2014 that are still compatible with the OS, for instance, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and a series of other devices out there – all of which have been receiving the Marshmallow update.
The efforts of these companies in rolling out Marshmallow to their devices has been coupled with the release of newer handsets that come with the same operating system out of the box. The likes of Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, HTC 10, LG G5, Xperia X series and many others have been joining the Marshmallow party, something that has also been central to the increased user base.
Android Jelly Bean still trumps Android Marshmallow
Despite the speedy adoption of Android Marshmallow, the latest OS has yet to beat the four-year-old Android Jelly Bean, which has a total of 18.9%. On the other hand, Android KitKat still among the dominant version despite its drop from last month to 31.6%, but it is nowhere near the 35.4% managed by Android Lollipop.
When compared to what the latest version of iOS 9 has in the iOS market, which is 84%, Android Marshmallow still has a long way to go. But it is unlikely the software will achieve such margins with the likes of Android N just around the corner. In the end, we might see newer devices coming in with the latest OS than the rate at which current ones are being updated to the new OS, something that is not the case when it comes to iOS. Instead, nearly all iPhones and iPads are updated with a new OS, with only a few new devices coming in running the same OS out of the box.