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New Android distribution numbers show Lollipop gaining more ground than Marshmallow


Google has released the latest distribution numbers for the various shipping versions of Android, with the latest version, Marshmallow, picking up a marginal increase.

Last month’s numbers showed Android 6.0 running on only 0.3% of devices, while this month’s chart puts it at 0.5%, making it the least-used version of Android except for Froyo.

Marshmallow wasn’t the only version to increase its user base. The previous build, 5.1 Lollipop also added a few new users, bring its total piece of the pie to 13.2%, up from 10.1%.

Every other version saw a drop in users over the past month, with KitKat and Jelly Bean taking some of the biggest hits. Overall usage of versions older than 4.4 KitKat took a small but noticeable hit, down from around 36% to 33%.

That number probably isn’t going to get a whole lot lower any time soon, as manufacturers and carriers take their time rolling out the latest updates to existing handsets.

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