Android Nougat adoption is steadily picking up pace, and Google s latest OS now runs on a respectable five percent active smartphones. This number is bound to go up in the coming weeks, as we see more new flagship devices hit the market. Also Read - WhatsApp to drop support for iPhones running iOS 9: ReportAlso Read - Apple iPhone 13 Pro to sport major camera improvements with sensor-shift image stabilization
Android Nougat s share has risen from 2.4 percent a month back to nearly five percent now. Nougat version 7.0 is now seen running on 4.5 percent devices, while version 7.1 is running on 0.4 percent. With Google recently rolling out version 7.1.2, we expect Nougat share to steadily go up. Also in Nougat s favor is the fact that flagship devices launching this year run on the latest OS out-of-the-box, while many of last year s devices too have been updated to the latest Android OS. Also Read - Apple now lets you transfer iCloud photos to Google Photos: Here's how
In comparison, Android Marshmallow s share fell by 0.1 percent for the first time in several months. Marshmallow, however, continues to be the single most used OS in the Android space with a share of 31.2 percent. This is largely due to most new entry-level and mid-range devices still launching with last year s OS out-of-the-box.
As for the operating system with the largest share, it is still Lollipop. When shares of version 5.0 and version 5.1 are added, the total comes up to 32 percent. This number is down 0.5 percent since the last distribution numbers revealed in March. The rest of the space is made up of KitKat with 20 percent share, Jelly Bean with 10.1 percent share, and lastly Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread dropped to 0.9 percent each.
Each new distribution chart reiterates Google s issue with Android fragmentation. Even though Nougat was released back in October last year, the number of devices it runs on is nearly negligible. A majority of Android devices continue to run on dated operating systems, which makes it difficult for Google to deliver uniform experience.
Apple, on the other hand, has no such issues, and its control over the ecosystem reflects in its own distribution numbers. As of February-end, nearly 80 percent devices are running on iOS 10, while only 16 percent are still stuck on the older iOS 9.