Android platform stats: Nougat inches forwards

It’s always interesting to see the breakdown of Android platform share that Google samples each month, and the March split has not long been made public.

Android platform stats: Nougat inches forwardsAs always, it’s based on active devices interacting with Google Play over the period of a week.

There is nothing to startle the horses at all, with the main takeaway being Nougat (Android version 7.x) doubling its share. Note, however, it’s just an increase of a couple of points, from 2.4% to 4.5% only. But then again, it is only one month of progress.

What may disappoint Google – and is symptomatic of the problem of telcos and handset makers having little interest in updating Android versions – is that the increase for Nougat involves the slightly older version 7.0.

The more recent update, 7.1, remains unchanged – it’s a very small indication of the market’s inability to absorb the latest updates.

See Google’s developers dashboard for the full latest stats. (“Data collected during a 7-day period ending on April 3, 2017. Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown”)

Monthly comparison

Here are the detailed Android platform share figures, with comparison to the previous month for some context…

2.3 – 2.3.2 Gingerbread – disappeared
2.3.3 – 2.3.7 – (was 1.0%) – 0.9%
3.2 Honeycomb – disappeared
4.0.3 – 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich – (was 1.0%) – 0.9%
4.1 Jelly Bean – (was 3.7%) – 3.5%
4.2 Jelly Bean – (was 5.4%) – 5.1%
4.3 Jelly Bean – (unchanged) – 1.5%
4.4 KitKat – (was 20.8%) – 20.0%
5.0 Lollipop – (was 9.4%) – 9.0%
5.1 Lollipop – (was 23.3%) – 23.0%
6.0 Marshmallow – (was 31.3%) – 31.2%
7.0 Nougat – (was 2.4%) – 4.5%
7.1 Nougat – (unchanged) – 0.4%

See the full stats at developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html


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