A little more than eight months after its release, Google’s latest mobile operating system Android Marshmallow has finally reached 10% adoption rate by android devices. Only two months ago, it was at only 3.2%.
Google’s Android Developer Dashboard occasionally releases statistics about the Android landscape. Currently, Android’s 2014 Lollipop 5.0 is the most highly adapted OS, with a 35.4% adoption rate. Followed by 2013 Kitkat 4.4 at 31.6%, and the three versions of Jellybean released in 2012 and 2013 at 18.9%. Because of this we can clearly estimate that Marshmallow still has a long way to go to get ahead of its predecessors, but now it seems like it’s finally starting to pick up the pace.
Marshmallow jumped from 4.6% directly to 7.5% in just the span of a month, and finally has reached double digits, which marks an important milestone for the adoption rates of the OS. Regardless, Apple’s latest iOS 9 is already at 84% adoption rate, this leaves us wondering why it’s taking so long for Android devices to update to the latest operating system, even though it released in October 2015.
Google collects adoption rate statistics by logging the operating systems when people access the Google Store. This does not work for devices running on versions older than Android 2.2, and as such these devices are excluded from the statistics.
Software updates are important for Android devices to get rid of any security vulnerabilities, making the user experience more secure. Due to the high amount of devices released in the market in the past few months, it’s not surprising to see Marshmallow rising in adoption rates, considering newer devices come with the latest operating systems.
Due to devices still having older versions of Android, app developers are having a hard time making their apps compatible across all versions. Yes, usually app compatibility stretches down to a few versions, but day by day it’s getting harder to manage with new operating systems coming out of the factory.
Speaking of new operating systems, Google has already released a test version of its new operating system. Android N will officially be rolled out by October 2016, but the test version gives a general idea of how things will look when it’s done and dusted. This also means enough time and data for Google to make tweaks and bug fixes to Android N before it’s out.