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Android Oreo surpasses 5% install base; Nougat remains most used

Android Oreo's market share is growing slower than expected due to fragmentation.

  • Published: May 9, 2018 4:41 PM IST
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Android Oreo is now powering more than five percent of active Android devices. Google has updated the Android distribution numbers for the month of April, and it seems Android Oreo’s adoption is still growing at a slow pace. For the data collected during a seven-day period ending on May 7, Android Oreo had a market share of 5.7 percent, a gain of 1.1 percent from last month. Android Oreo with version number 8.0 was introduced in August last year.

Android 8.0 Oreo is currently deployed on 4.9 percent active devices while Android 8.1 Oreo is powering only 0.8 percent of active smartphones. The increase in Oreo’s market share could be due to launch of new smartphones based on the operating system and OEMs rolling out update to older devices. Android Nougat, which was released more than a year ago, is currently powering 31.1 percent of active devices.

Android 7.0 Nougat is currently on 22.9 percent active devices while Android 7.1 Nougat is used by 8.2 percent. Android Marshmallow continues to remain the second-most used version of Google’s mobile operating system. It has a market share of 25.5 percent, which is five times that of Android Oreo released just eight months back.

The distribution numbers further reveal that Android Lollipop is used by 22.4 percent active users while KitKat is used by 10.3 percent. Android Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are powering 4.3 percent, 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent active devices. Google‘s data takes into account all the devices that visited the Play Store in the prior seven days, and it ignores any versions with less than 0.1 percent distribution.

The updated distribution numbers coincide with Google’s annual developer conference, I/O 2018 being held in California from May 8 to May 10. At the keynote yesterday, Google announced Android P beta program for its Pixel devices and smartphones from seven other OEM partners. This the first time Google has made its beta version available to non-Google and non-Pixel devices.

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The move can be seen as Google’s effort to send a message that most smartphones will get Android P sooner this time around. Google is investing in Project Treble, which separates vendor’s implementation from that of Android OS framework via a new vendor interface. With Project Treble, the implementation by original vendor remains as a separate module from core operating system. It could be Google’s best bet yet to fix Android fragmentation but will it succeed remains to be seen.

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  • Published Date: May 9, 2018 4:41 PM IST