Android Nougat Running on Almost 5% of Devices
Google has released the latest Android distribution numbers, showing the share of each OS version across all devices accessing last month. Just like the previous month, there have been big gains for Nougat, which goes from 2.8% to 4.9%. Rollout of these updates is completely dependent on the OEM. With Marshmallow updates still hitting some devices now, the saturation point for Marshmallow may still be yet to come.
All Android versions older than Nougat lost small amounts of market share in March, including the ever-dominant Lollipop, and Marshmallow, which trails a close second. Android Lollipop remains the most prevalent OS version on just under a third of active devices, followed closely by Android Marshmallow. With major devices like the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus about to hit the market running Nougat out of the box, you can expect that number to increase a lot more in the coming months.
At the other end of the spectrum, both Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x) dropped below a single percentage point, both coming in at a 0.9% share. (Google doesn’t include versions with less than a 0.1% share.) KitKat (Android 4.4.x) continues to be oldest version with significant market share at 20%, down slightly from 20.8% in February.