After skipping March, Google has updated the Android distribution numbers for the month of April, and things still don’t look good. Android Oreo, which was released back in August 2017, now runs on 4.6 percent devices, but still shy of 5 percent mark. As per the latest figures, Android 8.0 sees a jump of 3.3 percent to 4.1 from 0.8 percent in February, whereas Android 8.1 sees a marginal 0.2 percent jump to 0.5 from 0.3 percent in February.
Some of the credit for the rise of Android Oreo market share can be given to OEMs who have started rolling out the update for their smartphones. These include the likes of Samsung rolling out Oreo for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus and Nokia rolling out the update for its smartphones, and more. While HTC, Motorola and LG have also been updating their smartphones, new devices from the likes of Huawei and Honor, Samsung and others run Android Oreo out-of-the-box.
Meanwhile, Android 7.0 Nougat has a market share of 23 percent, a rise of 0.7 percent, whereas Android 7.1 has a market share of 7.8 percent, a rise of 1.6 percent. If we combine Android 7.0 and 7.1, it holds a market share of 30.8 percent, which is also the most used Android version on smartphones.
Android Marshmallow sees a 2.1 percent fall to 26 percent, but it is the second most used version on most smartphones. What is concerning is the fact that Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) holds a combined market share of 22.9 percent, whereas Android KitKat still runs on 10.5 percent devices.
If that isn’t enough, Jelly Bean holds a market share of 4.5 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich is at 0.4 percent whereas Gingerbread is at 0.3 percent, negligible, but still making their presence felt. The latest numbers were compiled form Android devices that accessed the Play Store during seven-day period ending April 16.
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Now, while the Android fragmentation issue has been discussed every time around, with the blame on OEMs who don’t release timely updates for their smartphones, Google has sort of come with a fix in the form of Project Treble. How exactly it will benefit in the long run is something that we will figure out over the next few months. It will be interesting to see how soon Project Treble supported devices are updated to Android P after Google officially releases the update.