Google has released its Android platform distribution numbers for the month of December. The numbers show that both Android Oreo and Nougat saw growth in their market share indicating some early adoption for the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system.
Android 8.0 Oreo, which appeared in distribution numbers for the first time in October has an active install base of 0.5 percent, a marginal growth over 0.3 percent recorded last month. Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 7.1 Nougat have a combined market share of 23.3 percent, a gain of nearly 2.7 percent in the past month alone. The new distribution numbers based on data collected during a 7-day period ending on December 11, 2017 is indicative of the fact that more companies have started pushing out Nougat update.
While Oreo and Nougat continue to grow, Android 6.0 Marshmallow remains the most widely used version with a share of 29.7 percent. Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 5.1 Lollipop have a combined market share of 26.3 percent while Android 4.4 KitKat is being used by around 13.4 percent active users.
As far as other versions are concerned, Android Jelly Bean has an install base of 5.9 percent while Ice Cream Sandwich is being used by 0.5 percent. Android Gingerbread, on the other hand, is still powering 0.4 percent of active Android devices.
Android 8.0 Oreo, released in August this year, was expected to fix the fragmentation issue playuing Google’s mobile operating system. The operating system brings Project Treble, which allows Google’s OEM partners to add their own customisation and push out update faster. However, smartphone makers including OnePlus and HMD Global have confirmed that their phones don’t support Project Treble.
The distribution numbers make it clear that Android 8.0 Oreo is yet to expand beyond Google’s own Pixel and Nexus devices. Apart from Nexus and Pixel, the operating system is available only on Sony Xperia XZ1 and Nokia 8 smartphones.