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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Creeps onto Android Market Share Data

News by Micah Bartos on Friday November 06, 2015.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest full release of Google's mobile operating system, is making its presence felt on the market through the first week of November. The data for Android distribution is in and Marshmallow has helped itself to a 0.3% of the market, while KitKat is still way out in front.

We have discussed in length on these pages how the fragmented platform still annoys Google, so the now two year KitKat being the most dominant build is likely to rankle at Mountain View. KitKat (Android 4.4) now accounts for 37.8% of the market, but last year?s Android 5.0 Lollipop is also growing, its various versions now accounting for 25.6% of all Android devices.

Jelly Bean's (Android 4.1) hold on the market is finally cracked as the build now sits on 27% of market share, worryingly still more than Lollipop. We have defended Google's position on this as the company's open software is never going to be as easy to update as Apple iOS. However, Jelly Bean was launched in 2012 and it is getting harder to defend over a quarter of Android devices still running this software. The ironic thing is that Google agrees, but the situation is out of the company's hands.

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