Every year I like to take a snapshot of the Android platforms adoption. It is great to compare Year-to-Year numbers for historical purposes. Keeping track of platform adoption is important as it directly impacts what developers should be focusing on vs. what should be deprecating or end-of-life.

Below is the Android platform comparison 2016 vs. 2015. (Search my blog for previous ones).

(Data sources: Android Developer Dashboard.)

May 2016

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May 2015
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Main adoption is driven by Lollipop (35.6% up from 9.7%), followed by KitKat (32.5% down from 38.9%). Marshmallow (API level 23) was introduced on Oct/2015 and its adoption rate is at 7.5% (May 2016).