Android usage statistics for the week ending June 6th continued to follow trends observed in previous months. Usage of older OS steadily declined while Lollipop 5.1 and Marshmallow, the newest OS, gained users. Adoption of Lollipop 5.1 has increased slowly in comparison to Marshmallow, which saw a 2.6% increase in usage from last month, bringing the OS to 10% overall usage.
Over the last six months, users have slowly abandoned older OS in favor of Lollipop and Marshmallow, as seen in the graph below. Marshmallow is quickly picking up momentum to become the favored OS, but for now, KitKat and Lollipop remain the most popular as users hold on to older devices.
While many wearable devices have yet to be refined, consumer hype around them is building – and as consumers purchase watches, wristbands, and other connected devices, they’re also buying the phones and tablets compatible with the OS. Wearables are part of a complete mobile experience, and while Apple has set the example for new device and OS adoption with its network of watches, phones, and tablets, the growth of Android Wear will push Android users to do the same.
The coming months will show significant changes in usage stats. Android N – officially announced as ‘Nougat’ in late June – will be available in the early Fall. As in years past, new Nexus handsets will most likely coincide with the final release of Nougat, prompting even more user upgrades. And with increasing demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets as well as decreasing iOS unit sales, Android is on track to increase their 80.7% market share average according to Gartner, a technology research and advisory company.
The data provided in this graphic was published on developer.android.com. This information is useful for developers, testers and project managers when it comes to deciding and prioritizing what Android OS version to support. If you would like more information about Android platform versions and statistics, visit developer.android.com.