Marshmallow Tops 10 Percent Ahead of Android N

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Approximately 10 percent of Android devices are running the latest publicly available version of the mobile OS, Marshmallow.

According to this month's developer stats, Marshmallow grew from 7.5 percent last month to 10 percent today, but still lags behind Jelly Bean (18.9 percent), KitKat (31.6 percent), and Lollipop (35.4 percent). Froyo, Gingerbread, and Ice Cream Sandwich, meanwhile, carry a combined 4 percent.

Last September, Lollipop had 21 percent market share ahead of Marshmallow's release. But Android N is just around the corner.

Google rolled out early access to Android N for developers in March, followed by a second iteration in April, which fixed a number of bugs, and added launcher shortcuts, API changes, and Emoji Unicode 9.

At Google I/O last month, the company revealed a few more details about the upcoming OS, including virtual reality support, better graphics, and enhanced security.

Android N does not yet have an official name. Google is asking the public to suggest names online, though Google—not the Internet—will have final say.

Whatever it's called, Android N may finally break the fragmentation mold: The company is reportedly preparing a ranking system that will order manufacturers based on how quickly they roll out OS updates, effectively shaming carriers into releasing more frequent updates.

For more, see PCMag's review of Marshmallow, as well as our preview of Google Android 7.0 N.

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