Google’s Android team released distribution numbers for the operating system for August 2017 and while the direction is positive, the pace continues to be frustratingly slow. The breakdown can be found after the break.
The good news for Android 7.0 Nougat is that adoption continued to be relatively strong for August, moving from 11.5% in July to 13.5% for August. That 2.0% jump in one month matches the improvement seen in July. We suppose this is primarily due to users buying new devices that come with the latest operating system installed the release of updates on older devices has been a quiet front for the last month.
Along with Android Nougat moving up a couple percentage points in share, Android Marshmallow rebounded during the month and picked up share with a 0.5% increase compared to July. Both Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread continued to hang on to the same 0.7% of the market each that they had last month. That puts the gains for Nougat and Marshmallow coming from Android Lollipop, KitKat and Jelly Bean. Those three versions lost share last month and continued that trend this month, losing another 0.9%, 1.1% and 0.5% respectively.
As we noted last month, the uptake of Nougat is disappointing as most manufacturers seem to be content to just wait for users to upgrade devices rather than trying to rollout system updates to older hardware. Some of that could be due to the relative lack of earth-shaking new features. Google hopes to change this and get more people onto the same operating system level via Project Treble. If users are not particularly stressed though, the high fragmentation of Android devices as compared to other operating systems may not be an issue.
source: Android Developers