After 10 months Android Marshmallow has reached 15.2% devices

In today’s age, we all have smartphones of various makes and types. Mobile devices and smartphones are used for many activities, and not just limited to communication, entertainment, business and retail. Google wants Android device makers to release the latest software to smartphones and tablets as soon as possible. However, mobile device manufacturers, as well as individual carriers, can take their own time and decide when to roll out updates to their versions of the handsets and tablets. As per the latest report by Google, the distribution rate of Android Marshmallow have risen and reached 15.2% of all devices.

It’s important to remember that even though carriers and manufacturers hinder the distribution of Android updates. Google uses its Play Services to help devices stay up to date with the latest features. This is obviously Google’s way of combating slow software releases from the aforementioned sources. Apparently Google even has list of mobile vendors with a timeline of when they should roll out Android software updates to their devices. Even though this list has been kept private by Google, it is known that the IT giant is planning on publicly shaming mobile phone vendors and network carriers who do not patch Android software and security updates to the end-users on time.

Currently, Android Marshmallow 6.0 is the latest offering of the Android platform by Google. The next generation of the Android Operating System, named Android Nougat 7.0 is expected to be out soon, somewhere around October. Google’s Android distribution report said that Android Lollipop 5.0 saw a dip from 14.3% to 14.1%, on the other hand Android Lollipop version 5.1 increased from 20.8% to 21.4% making it the most widely used Android version by claiming a 35.5% distribution rate. Older Android builds also saw a, like the Android KitKat 4.4 dropping from 30.1% to 29.2%, Android Gingerbread 2.3 from 1.9% to 1.7%, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 from 1.7% to 1.6%.

It should be noted that the data was gathered by Google from the Play Store over a 7-day period that ended on 1st August, and only counts smartphones that are running Android Froyo 2.2 and higher. Android versions having distribution rate less than 0.1% of the market like the Android Honeycomb 3.0 are not listed, and the report doesn’t consider devices which cannot access Play Store, like the numerous Android smartphones and tablets from China, and other smartphone devices that use heavily modified versions of the Android Operating System.

Android’s adoption rate has a long way to go as compared to the distribution rates of Apple’s iOS versions on iPhones. Apple devices are notoriously known for their timely and prompt software updates. With the vast majority of Apple iPhones already running the latest iOS 9, Apple is way ahead of Google in terms of software distribution. Google’s pace does seem to be a bit improved from before, thanks to the company taking strides to make sure that mobile vendors and mobile network carriers push out software updates and security patches to the end-users in a timely manner.

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