+ Friday December 6th, 2019

It is that time of month again where we do the dance around the new Android distribution numbers that Google have released. Let’s check out where the Android world is at.

The data is collated over 7 days by checking the version numbers of devices accessing Google Play. This of course means that any device not accessing Google Play, like a number of Android builds on devices like Amazon’s Fire tablets, and various Chinese vendors aren’t counted. But still this is a decent look.

Once again, and as expected, the very early versions of Android have not moved much at all. Not surprisingly of course because how many manufacturers are updating devices that old? The numbers will only drop when a device is no longer used. All of them decreased, albeit very slightly. In fact, every single version prior to 7.0 decreased except for 4.3 Jelly Bean which stayed at 1.5% and Nougat 7.0.

Nougat 7.0 jumped from 2.4% to 4.5% while Nougat 7.1 was constant at 0.4%. Hopefully Nougat keeps improving like that — that is two months in a row where it has basically doubled.

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

Android VersionFebruary 2017March 2017April 2017
Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)1.0%1.0%0.9%
Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)1.0%1.0%0.9%
Android 4.1.x (JellyBean)4.0%3.7%3.5%
Android 4.2.x (JellyBean)5.7%5.4%5.1%
Android 4.3 (JellyBean)1.6%1.5%1.5%
Android 4.4 (KitKat)21.9%20.8%20.0%
Android 5.0 (Lollipop)9.8%9.4%9.0%
Android 5.1 (Lollipop)23.1%23.1%23.0%
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)30.7%31.3%31.2%
Android 7.0 (Nougat)0.9%2.4%4.5%
Android 7.1 (Nougat)0.3%0.4%0.4%
Source: Android Developer Dashboard.

Scott Plowman   Editor


Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

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Further shows the abysmal state of Android updates…

Max Luong
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So Nexus/Pixel/AOSP devices account for 0.4% of the Android market.


Seems that way… Custom roms etc…

Ausdroid Reader

Sounds about right to me. There are either slightly niche not generally available on a plan (Nexus) or very high end/expensive and recent (Pixel).

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