+ Monday August 19th, 2019

Google has released the first look at Android Distribution numbers for 2017, posting the latest data collected in the week leading up to the 9th of January.

The results are in, and after an extended period of time at 0.1%, and after 6.5 years the oldest version of Android that was being reported last month – FroYo (Android 2.0-2.1) – is now officially dead. The lowest version of ‘Google Android’ now is Gingerbread, though it’s usage is also dropping in usage thanks to affordable handsets appearing on the market with higher versions of Android.

Google has also split the Nougat numbers up into Android 7.0 and 7.1, with the share now climbing from 0.4% last month to 0.7% this month if you include all versions. With Samsung, LG and HTC expected to launch new handsets in the next month with what’s hoped to be Nougat on board, that number could jump quite quickly though.

For the record, here’s how this months results stack up against last month:

Android VersionDecember 2016January 2017
Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)1.2%1.0%
Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)1.2%1.1%
Android 4.1.x (JellyBean)4.5%4.0%
Android 4.2.x (JellyBean)6.4%5.9%
Android 4.3 (JellyBean)1.9%1.7%
Android 4.4 (KitKat)24.0%22.6%
Android 5.0 (Lollipop)10.8%10.1%
Android 5.1 (Lollipop)23.2%23.3%
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)26.3%29.6%
Android 7.0 (Nougat)0.4%0.5%
Android 7.1 (Nougat)N/A0.2%
Source: Android Developer Dashboard.

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My ancient Motorola Xoom tablet still works fine. Stuck on 4.1 forever. I have a sound dock and it makes a very fine alarm clock, music player and can stream catch up TV as well as any. I expect the 4.1 percentage to have at least one device for a while yet. Battery still works like new. Moto made them too well, well this one anyway.

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