Android Marshmallow Struggles to Catch On

Android Marshmallow Struggles to Catch On
Android has had trouble implementing its Marshmallow OS, with it running on barely 10% of all Android devices.

(CCM) — Android 6.0 Marshmallow was unveiled over a year ago, but so far, it has failed to make any significant impact on the mobile device market. Only 10.1% of Android devices are running Marshmallow, according to figures published by Google on its Android developer website earlier this week. The Android ecosystem is still dominated by devices running the older Android Lollipop, released in 2014, and Android KitKat, released back in 2013. Lollipop accounts for 34.3% of the market, and KitKat 31.6%, so these two operating system versions together account for two thirds of all devices running Android.

One reason for the slow adoption of Marshmallow may be that older devices are incompatible with the latest version of the Android operating system, and only a limited number of tablets and smartphones released in 2015 and 2016 can be updated to it. The low adoption of Marshmallow is in sharp contrast to the uptake of iOS 9, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system which was launched in September 2015. According to Apple's figures, 84% of all iPhones and iPads are running iOS 9.

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