+ Sunday October 20th, 2019

It’s delayed fairly significantly this month, but Google has finally gotten around to releasing the platform distribution numbers for the week leading up to September 11th. With a new OS now in the wild, it seems older versions of Android are dropping in popularity.

Across the board there was a drop in distribution for all versions of Android with the exception of Nougat (Android 7.0/7.1). There is disappointingly no entry for Oreo as yet, but it will come likely next month.

The lowest end versions of Android: Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich continue to decrease in popularity with just 0.6% market share each – a slide into obscurity is on the way, but it will take a little more time. Marshmallow is still by far the most popular version of Android, with just over 32% of the numbers, but it saw a 0.1% drop from last month.

For the record, here’s how the number stacked up against last month:

Android VersionAugust 2017September 2017
Android 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)0.7%0.6%
Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)0.7%0.6%
Android 4.1.x (JellyBean)2.7%2.4%
Android 4.2.x (JellyBean)3.8%3.5%
Android 4.3 (JellyBean)1.1%1.0
Android 4.4 (KitKat)16.0%15.1
Android 5.0 (Lollipop)7.4%7.1%
Android 5.1 (Lollipop)21.8%21.7%
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)32.3%32.2%
Android 7.0 (Nougat)12.3%14.2%
Android 7.1 (Nougat)1.2%1.6%
Source: Android Developer Dashboard.

Daniel Tyson  


Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

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Craig Mitchell
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My Nexus 6P finally got the 8.0 Oreo update today.

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