As we are firmly into October now, this can only mean one thing. Google has released the latest figures relating to the current state of Android. More specifically, the current distribution figures for the various Android OS generations. At this point every month, Google release these figures and they do provide an interesting oversight to the current status of Android, who is using which version and how they compare. For clarification, the figures released today are collected over a seven-day period which ended on October 5th.
In terms of the big headline aspect of today’s figures, Android 5.0 (Lollipop) now currently resides at the 23.5-percent marker. This is the total for Lollipop and breaks down to show that 15.6-percent of devices are currently running Android 5.0 and the remaining 7.9-percent are running the latest version, Android 5.1. This also represents a 2.5-percent level of growth from last month when the Lollipop figure came in at a straight 21-percent. Moving on to Android 4.4 (KitKat) and this still remains the dominant active version of Android with 38.9-percent of devices now running KitKat. Although, this does mark a slight drop compared to last month when the figure for KitKat came in at 39.2-percent. Moving to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x-4.3) and this now occupies a total of 30.2-percent, which is slightly down from last month’s 31.8-percent level. This breaks down with Android 4.1.x being used on 11.4-percent of devices, Android 4.2.x used on 14.5-percent of devices and Android 4.3 being used on coincidentally, 4.3-percent of devices.
Moving further back and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3-4.0.4) now occupies 3.4-percent of devices which is a drop down from last moths 3.7-percent. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3-2.3.7) now resides on 3.8-percent of devices, which sees a drop from last month’s 4.1-percent of devices and lastly, Froyo (Android 2.2), maintains its 0.2-percent level of adoption. Of course, with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) now officially released, going forward these figures will start to reflect the level of Marshmallow adoption. Although, over the next few months, this will be a small adoption at first and then will start to grow as more manufacturers begin to push out their respective updates. The most interesting aspect though, is how much Lollipop will now continue to grow moving forward?