Android 6.0 Marshmallow Leaps to 7.5% Market Share, Lollipop Stagnates

T-Mobile LG G3 receiving its Android 6.0.1 update over the air

Android 6.0 Marshmallow up from 4.6 percent to 7.5 percent. Android 5.1's usage share rose slightly, from 19.2 percent to 19.4 percent.

With seemingly endless resources and thousands of employees at its disposal, it's hard to believe that Google is still struggling to get a majority of Android users on to a single platform version.

Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet gets Android 6 Marshmallow update in India. Apple publicly displays the percentage of iPhone users who run the latest version of iOS - a whopping 84% of customers are running iOS 9. That number is up from 4.6 percent a month ago and 2.3 percent a month before that. On the other hand Jelly Bean still stands strong at 20.1%, but ice cream is quickly disappearing at the moment and holds a 2% share only. The company opted for releasing Android 6.0 to select beta tester first, and then gradually expand the software's reaches to more Priv owners and Beta Zone participants.

If the latest version of Android is the best (i.e., the least crappy) mobile operating system out there, but nobody is running it, is it really the best mobile operating system?

Plus, the newest version of Android, Marshmallow, is actually the only version of the mobile operating system that saw a rise in adoption since the last report. Moreover, the numbers are nothing but a reflection of what we've been seeing in the past about Android distribution on active devices.

So, next time you're shopping for a phone, remember that an Android device purchased today is less likely to receive a software upgrade than an iPhone is, but you'll also be able to choose from a variety of manufacturers and price points.

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