Android Marshmallow, Google’s latest major update to its mobile operating system, appears to have got off to a slow start, with official figures showing it is installed on just 0.3% of all active Android phones.
The platform’s rollout began last month, and it's still to arrive on devices from Samsung, Huawei and LG. HTC’s new One A9 runs the software out of the box, but does not go on sale until later this month.
That means the data only covers Nexus devices compatible with Marshmallow.
However, the low adoption rate will once again raise questions about Android fragmentation, especially with Google said to be ready to insist manufacturers use standardised chipsets to help improve take-up for new versions of its software compared with Apple’s iOS.
Google's survey also shows that 2014’s Android Lollipop is on just shy of 26% of all Android phones. 2013’s Android KitKat remains number one on 38%.
Those numbers show the tall order Google faces in order to get its OS into shape. It may take more than an improved feature set to do so, with manufacturers needing to be brought in line to ensure smoother, more timely updates.