Android 6.0 Marshmallow now powers over 1% of active devices, says Google
Back in February, a startling revelation by Google brought to light the fact that Android 6.0 Marshmallow powered only 1.2 per cent of Android phones globally. It also revealed that Android 5.0 Lollipop, which was launched in 2014, only powered 34.1 per cent of Android phones globally, leaving 35.5 per cent and 23.9 per cent Android phones stuck with Kit Kat and Jelly Bean respectively.
If the trend continues, only a third of Android phones across the world will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow in a year from now, making it a disturbing trend given that how important security fixes have turned out to be in the last few months.
Thankfully, Marshmallow updates haven't been restricted to flagship phones launched last year. Earlier today, Samsung announced that it is rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to Galaxy S5 phones globally. Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 phones in the United States have also begun receiving the update as we speak. A range of other Samsung phones like Galaxy Alpha, A3, A5, A7, A8 and Galaxy J5 are also among the favourites to receive the update in the coming days.
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Taiwanese phone maker HTC has also announced that a range of phones, including HTC One M9+, E9+, One M8, One E8, Desire 826, Desire 820 and Desire 816 will receive Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow shortly. We would prefer to wait until these updates really roll in rather than celebrating at the prospect.
Motorola's Moto G, Moto X Style and Moto X Play phones have also received Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates in select regions, and it will be fair to assume that the update will be available on these phones globally.
As far as announcements are concerned, Sony has been at the forefront as well, announcing that its latest phones like the Xperia Z5 series, Z4 tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3 series, Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the actual roll-out hasn't been as swift.
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Huawei got a head start and an early experience of Android 6.0 with Nexus 6P, and carried on the good form with the launch of Mate 8 with Marshmallow out of the box. The much-acclaimed Honor 7 phone has also tasted Marshmallow and Huawei P8 is expected to be the next one to get it.
With a number of Android phone manufacturers making efforts to bring in Marshmallow to their mid-range phones, we expect them to do a better job this time than what they did with Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, it's always better to wait and see them come in than banking on pure hope.