The Android distribution numbers for last month are here. Nougat, the latest Android version did not make it to the list as Google only counts versions equal to or exceeding 0.1 percent of the ecosystem. As we look at the table, we can see that Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1 combined) once again tops the list with a combined market share of 35 percent. Coming in at second is KitKat (4.4) with 27.7 percent followed by Marshmallow with 18.7 percent and Jelly Bean at 15.6 percent. What’s surprising to see is that Android’s ancient version (Froyo 2.2) still stands at a meager 0.1 percent, which was the same in last month’s Android distribution list.
Looking at last month’s Android distribution, Marshmallow had registered a very slow growth owing to its lack of updates on smartphones. But given that many of the new smartphones are coming with Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box, an increase in its distribution was expected. And it has increased its presence from running on 15.2 percent devices to 18.7 percent. When compared to its predecessors KitKat and Lollipop, Marshmallow has had a rough run in making its presence felt.
According to the latest Android distribution system, Lollipop is running on 35 percent devices, which is a 0.5 percent drop from last month. An old, but popular Android version, Jelly Bean, has decreased from 16.7 percent to 15.6 percent. As for Ice-cream Sandwich, it has also decreased from six percent to 1.4 percent. Gingerbread, one of the soon-to-be ancient Android versions has also gone down by two percent standing currently at 1.4 percent from its previous 1.6 percent. Looks like the old versions of Android are slowly but steadily dying, but given their long presence even after years of their release, it shows that some Android users have continued to stick with their old smartphones.
Talking about Android Nougat, it created a lot of buzz especially because of its name. First introduced as Android N, Google began an online voting competition leaving it to the public to choose a name for Android N. After days and weeks, Google finally picked a winner and surprisingly, Nougat stole the crown. Another talking point about Android Nougat is that for the first time ever a new version of Android won’t be running on Google’s latest Nexus/Pixel devices. ALSO READ: Google Pixel, Pixel XL renders leaked ahead of rumored launch on October 4
Yes, the LG V20, which was launched this month is the first smartphone to run on Android Nougat. However, it is not stock Android that runs on LG V20 and we would probably have to wait for Google Pixel devices rumored to be launched in October, to see how Android Nougat really performs. An exciting feature that Android Nougat is bringing to the table is Google’s Daydream VR platform, which promises to give a better experience than Google Cardboard VR. Come October, we will probably see Android Nougat in the distribution list. ALSO READ: LG V20 launched with Android Nougat 7.0; here are its top 6 features