Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally starting to appear in the Platform Versions chart after it reached 1.2 percent as on February 1. It took four months for the company's most recent mobile OS to scale up the charts with its current ranking, which is extremely disappointing.
According to Google's Dashboards, KitKat is still in the lead position with 35.5 percent, while Android Lollipop versions (5.0 and 5.1 combined) command 34.1 percent of the entire Android smartphone base around the world. Google's three-generation-old Android Jelly Bean has managed to hold on to a sizable share of 23.9 percent.
Older versions of Android, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, have a market share of 2.7 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, which is more than what Android Marshmallow currently powers.
The Platforms Versions tool also points out that the data on Android adoption comes from the Google Play Store app, which requires version 2.2 and above. Also, devices without the Play Store, like Android phones and tablets in China and Amazon Fire series, are excluded.
The low share of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is yet another indication of ailing sales of Nexus devices. Google launched ANdorid M in September last year alongside Nexus 5X and nexus 6P. The device went on sale in October with the latest OS on-board, but not many devices since then have been upgraded to the new version.
Between January and February, Android Marshmallow and Lollipop adoption rose 0.5 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Other Android versions have dipped over the last month, which indicates that the newer versions are picking up their pace in the rollout. Android 4.4 KitKat is down by 0.6 percent and Android Jelly Bean's share dropped 0.8 percent, Venture Beat gathered.