Nougat debuts with 0.3% on November’s Android Platform Ditribution chart

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Over the course of Android’s history, nay-sayers have screamed that this most versatile of mobile operating systems would implode because of fragmentation. Yet, somehow, Android is still here and has evolved into the most popular mobile OS. About that fragmentation, though, just how many of us are running Android 7.0 Nougat on our devices? And is Froyo still a thing? Join us after the break to find out.

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As you can see from the image above, Froyo, or rather Android 2.2, is still present on the chart, running on 0.1% of devices. Considering that the Android OS is running on more than a billion devices, that’s still a decent number of handsets running the now obsolete Android version.

As a single entry, Android 4.4 KitKat has the largest number of users with 25.2%. Now that’s a heck of a lot of devices, but you have to consider that KitKat has been the threshold requirement for many apps and services for a couple of years. It has dropped by 2.5% since September, which is to be expected as new versions of Android appear.

Technically, Lollipop occupies the top position in the chart with Android 5.0 running on 11.3% of devices, and its follow-up, Android 5.1, present on an impressive 22.8%, which adds up to a massive 34.2%, although it has also declined by 0.8% in the last couple of months.

Last year’s Marshmallow 6.0 is closing in on KitKat’s quotient and is only 1.2% behind, while Android 7.0 Nougat has squeaked onto the chart for the first time with 0.3%, a number that will surely rise in the coming months as more people get their hands on Pixels and as OEM’s eventually update their current flagships to Nougat.

Source: Android Developers


About the Author: Peter Holden

I've been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being my first phablet. I currently carry around a Mate 9, a Huawei Nova Plus, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, I'm an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, I love a good Braai (BBQ).