As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, we’ve officially made our way into February. And that means that it’s time for some fresh Android distribution numbers!
Google has posted the latest Android platform distribution stats, which show how widely-used the various versions of Android are. The latest data was gathered during the 7-day period ending yesterday, February 1. In the latest report, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has officially surpassed 1 percent adoption, finishing at a total of 1.2 percent. That’s up from 0.7 percent in January.
Meanwhile, Android Lollipop (versions 5.0 and 5.1) have grown to 34.1 percent, up from 32.6 percent last month. The rest of the Android versions have continued to lose users, with Android 4.4 KitKat falling to 35.5 percent, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1-4.3) dropping to 23.9 percent, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich slipping to 2.5 percent.
Rounding out today’s report is Android 2.3 Gingerbread falling to 2.7 percent and Android 2.2 Froyo dropping from 0.2 percent in January to 0.1 percent in February. Google doesn’t show any versions with less than 0.1 percent distribution, so it’s possible that Android 2.2 Froyo will soon disappear from this list.
We’ve seen Lollipop and Marshmallow slowly but surely grow in recent reports, and that trend will likely continue in the coming months. Existing Lollipop phones will get updated to Android 6.0 and new phones will be launched with Marshmallow, so that version will see some growth. We’re also sure to see future phones released with Android 5.0 and 5.1 in tow — which is disappointing but still happening — so Lollipop should continue to grow as well.