Android’s biggest problem remains fragmentation, and Google seems to have found a way to circumvent the issue by not releasing the distribution numbers for its mobile operating system. The search giant skipped the numbers in March, and it did not release the numbers in June as well. Now, it has released the distribution numbers for July, which shows the status of Android operating system based on its version number.
Android Oreo, the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, has registered the largest gain of any version. The operating system has doubled its market share in the two month period. In comparison with May distribution numbers, Android 8.0 Oreo has registered 5.2 percent jump to 10.1 percent, while Android 8.1 Oreo continues to remain at two percent install base. Android Oreo now has a combined install base of around 12.1 percent, suggesting that updates and launch of newer devices has helped the operating system.
Android Nougat remains the most widely used version of Google’s mobile operating system with a market share of 30.8 percent. In terms of distribution, Android 7.0 Nougat is on 21.2 percent of active devices, while Android 7.1 Nougat powers around 9.6 percent devices. Android Marshmallow saw a decline of two percent, and is still running on 23.5 percent of active devices.
The version 5.0 and 5.1 of Android Lollipop is currently on 20.4 percent devices, while KitKat is at 9.1 percent of active devices. Android Jelly Bean has dropped to 3.6 percent in terms of install base. As Apple ensures to point out at its developer conference, Android OS updates remain a pain point for most smartphone users. It is widely evident from the new distribution numbers which show that Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread have a distribution of 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent respectively.
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These distribution numbers are based on data collected during a seven-day period ending on July 23, 2018. Google is expected to release next version of its mobile operating system, tentatively called as Android P, sometime next month. With Android P, Google is making it easier for its OEM partners to update the base version without affecting their own layer of customization. It needs to be seen whether Android P succeeds in fixing the fragmentation issue.