Android Distribution Numbers released – Nougat gains while everything else loses


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 Version August 2017 September 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%