Thursday , October 19 2017

Android distribution figures released – Marshmallow gains but no sign of Nougat yet

Google’s Android distribution numbers may be boring for the most part for many readers, but they do give insight into where the platform sits on a monthly basis. Google has released this months figures so let’s dive in.

This month, even with the release of Nougat in August we’re still not seeing any statistically significant (0.1% or more) numbers for Nougat as yet, meaning that the halting rollout of the OS update may have affected market share significantly. We’ll see what happens next month.

On the other versions, Marshmallow and the 5.1 version of Lollipop saw gains, whereas every other version lost market share. Marshmallow got a fairly significant bump, up 3.5%, while Lollipop 5.1 saw a more modest increase of 0.5%.

The rest of the numbers are self explanatory for the most part, so for a full run down here’s a comparison to last months numbers:

Android Version August September
Android 2.2 (Froyo) 0.1% 0.1%
Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) 1.7% 1.5%
Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) 1.6% 1.4%
Android 4.1.x (JellyBean) 6.0% 5.6%
Android 4.2.x (JellyBean) 8.3% 7.7%
Android 4.3 (JellyBean) 2.4% 2.3%
Android 4.4 (KitKat) 29.2% 27.7%
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) 14.1% 13.1%
Android 5.1 (Lollipop) 21.4% 21.9%
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) 15.2% 18.7%
Source: Developer Dashboard.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

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