It appears that the upgrade cycle of the latest Android version, 6.0 Marshmallow, has once again hit a roadblock. According to the data provided via Android’s Developer website, the latest figures show the OS running on just 7.5 percent of all Android devices around.
That is a number which clearly trails the previous version, Lollipop, which debuted in 2014 but still clings to a mega 35.6 percent of all Androids. That is followed by 4.4 KitKat, which still has 32.5 percent of all users to its name, and finally Jelly Bean, which still found its way to 20 percent of devices.
Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread and Froyo are supposedly onto their final hours, with pretty negligible shares of 2.0, 2.2 and 0.1 percent of the market, respectively.
Comparisons with the biggest rival, the iPhone, are to be expected if not entirely fair, which is currently experiencing 84 percent of its phones running on the latest iOS 9 version.
Unfortunately for Mountain View, Android’s biggest curse has been the fragmentation, made worse by the thousands of “lost” devices found worldwide, which essentially put millions of users vulnerable and almost certainly un-upgradable.
And the situation is only going to get worse, as Google gears up to announce its next OS upgrade, the version “N”, at its I/O developers conference which kicks off this May the 18th. With Marshmallow still stuck at less than a tenth of the market share, the Android predicament is only expected to get worse in the coming time.