Nougat overtakes KitKat in September 2017 Android distribution

Google released their updated monthly distribution numbers for the Android operating system for September 2017 showing Android Nougat growth continues. Although the measurement period occurred a few weeks after the release of Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest version of Android does not show up in this report, meaning the share is still quite small. More details after the break.

Just like July and August, Android Nougat saw its share grow by close to two percent – 1.7 percent for September – to claim 15.8% of devices. This pushes Nougat into the third place position in terms of share, surpassing Android KitKat which fell 0.9 percent during the month to only 15.1 percent. Both Android Marshmallow and Android Lollipop, despite small losses in their share, retained the number one and number two spots respectively.

Besides the drop for KitKat, which has been losing about one percent per month recently, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread all saw their share fall off by small margins.

The monthly changes were:

  • Nougat: +1.7%
  • Marshmallow: -0.1%
  • Lollipop: -0.4%
  • KitKat: -0.9%
  • Jelly Bean: -0.7%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich: -0.1%
  • Gingerbread: -0.1%

Google likely would prefer to see a much faster uptake of their latest operating system versions, which is why they continue to work on efforts like Project Treble and making components of Android more modular so the core operating system can be updated more quickly. Like the August numbers, the data point toward upgrades coming about more as users replace older devices with new units versus actual upgrades.

As Android Oreo starts to roll out this month, we will watch to see if Google’s efforts yield more examples of manufacturers and carriers taking the time to prepare and deploy operating system updates for existing devices.

source: Android Developers


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.