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Update: Marshmallow now running on 15.2% of Android devices, KitKat still dominate with 29.2%
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Google has released its Android distribution data for the month of July and it shows that Android Marshmallow is still in the ‘slow and steady’ race. Three-year old KitKat still leads the table with 29.2 percent. According to Google, Android Lollipop is running on 21.4 percent of Android devices whereas Marshmallow is on 15.2 percent. The ancient versions of Android like Froyo and Gingerbread are still surviving with presence on 0.1 percent and 1.7 percent Android devices respectively.

Out of all the Android versions, only Lollipop 5.1 and Marshmallow 6.0 have seen an increase in their presence. That said, it is worth pointing out that Marshmallow uptake has been marred with smartphone manufacturers being slow in embracing the new operating system as compared to its predecessors Lollipop and KitKat.

In fact, there are still many devices which had possibly expected a Marshmallow update but did not receive one. Even smartphone majors like Samsung have been rather slow in rolling out Marshmallow update on its devices. Only a handful of devices received the upgrade thus far, though quite a few smartphones launched this year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. But what hurt Marshmallow’s growth the most was a relatively lesser number of budget and entry-level smartphones shipping with the Android iteration.

With release of the latest Android 7.0 Nougat around the corner, Marshmallow’s growth may take another hit. It may also be possible that several manufacturers skip Android Marshmallow altogether to upgrade from Lollipop to Nougat. Looking at the trend, we cannot expect an Apple’s iOS-like uniformity in the OS versions of Android any time sooner.

Perhaps, Google has finally realized this fragmentation issue, and is already working to fix this. While it has been stepping up its game in making software updates easier and more accessible, the company recently announced that it would name and shame manufacturers that delay the software updates .

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