Google has released its Android distribution data for January. According to the list, Android Lollipop, versions 5.0 and 5.1 combined, are now running on 33 percent of Android devices, whereas Android Marshmallow 6.0 is now on 29 percent of Android devices. The latest Android version, Nougat, is still at a nascent stage with less than one percent share. The data also shows that ancient Android version, Froyo, is now running on less than 0.1 percent devices, and for the first time doesn’t make the list.
Android 2.3.3 -2.3.7 Gingerbread is still hanging on with one percent share, whereas Android 4.0.3 –
4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is also clinging on with 1.1 percent share. According to the list, Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) is now on 10 percent of devices approximately. Android 4.4 KitKat is now running on 19 percent of Android devices.
While the January data marks the end of Android Froyo, last month’s data saw Android 6.0 Marshmallowtoppling Android KitKat from the distribution list.Though, the two versions of Android Lollipop remained the top Android version, Marshmallow was the single most prevalent version. ALSO READ: OnePlus 3, 3T begin receiving Android Nougat 7.0-based OxygenOS 4.0 OTA
In December, Android Lollipop ran on about 34 percent devices whereas Marshmallow was on around 26 percent of devices. Interestingly, Android 2.2 Froyo continued to show up in the list with 0.1 percent share for two months in a row. Comparing the December and January data, Android’s latest Nougat has shown a very slow upward progress by just moving from 0.4 percent to 0.7 percent. RELATED: Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge Android Nougat 7.1.1 update to roll out in January
Unlike Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android OS continues to grapple with fragmentation issues. While Apple has a controlled ecosystem, Google’s platform is available for devices starting from as low as Rs 2,500 to premium smartphones priced above Rs 50,000. The fragmentation makes it difficult for Google to deliver uniform experience on devices running on its operating system. Google aimed to address this problem with its Android One handsets and Nexus series. While the Android One never took off, Google has now moved on from Nexus to Pixel series, which is believed to be truly Google smartphones.