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Android Marshmallow in 0.3% adoption rate shocker

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In news that will come as a surprise to absolutely no-one, Google has revealed the latest version of Android isn’t running on many devices out in the wild.

According to this month’s distribution numbers, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is currently sitting on 0.3 per cent of Google-powered phones (via 9to5Google).

While Nexus devices and the HTC One A9 are the only devices to get the upgrade, an overall tally of 3 in every 1,000 phones makes for grim reading. For a little context, 2010's Android 2.2 Froyo devices retain a 0.2 per cent share of the market.

In slightly better news for Google, last year’s release Android Lollipop (versions 5.0 and 5.1) now appears on 25.6 per cent of devices Android devices.

So, after a full year, Lollipop has made it to a quarter of Android devices, but leading the way is 2013’s Android KitKat with a 37.8 share.

See also: Android Marshmallow 6.0: When will my phone get it

The figures continue to make it clear that, despite Google’s best efforts and promises from hardware makers, Android fragmentation is showing no signs of abating.

Six weeks after Apple launched iOS 9, Apple is up to 66 per cent adoption.

The uncertainty surrounding updates make Google’s own Nexus devices the only way to go if users want the new versions as soon as they land.

Unless an OS ships with a device, users face months waiting for the update, if it ever arrives at all.

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