Google has released its latest report which once again highlights a gruesome fact about Android devices. As per the report, a majority of devices are still running on older Android OS.
While Google is set to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat in some time, last year’s Android Marshmallow has been installed only in just 15.2 per cent devices. Android Lollipop, which was released in 2014, is present in 35.5 per cent devices while 2013’s Android KitKat still runs in 21.4 per cent devices.
As per the Google report, 16.7 per cent devices are still running on Android Jellybean (4.1/4.2/4.3) which was released back in 2012.
The good news is that share of Android Marshmallow is increasing every day. Last month, 13.3 percent of devices had Android Marshmallow while in the month of June it was about 10.1 percent. This means every month about 2-3 per cent devices (new and old) get Android Marshmallow.
The slow roll out of Android Marshmallow is because device makers are unwilling to spend time and money on releasing latest software updates. Google had in the past also criticized device makers just for that.
On the other hand, Apple’s iOS has much better adoption rate. The iOS 9, which was released in September 2015, is now running on 86 per cent of all Apple devices till July 18 this year.
Meanwhile, the latest report from the search engine also includes Screen sizes and densities distribution with Normal screen size taking up the majority 86.7% and HDPI (480×800 pixels) screen density taking up 40.8 per cent followed by XHDPI (1280×720 pixels) at 28.5 per cent and XXHDPI (full HD resolution) in 15.5 per cent devices.
(With inputs from Nirupam Manik)