Google’s Android developers have released their operating system distribution numbers for October 2017 and the highlight is the initial appearance of Android 8.0 Oreo. Outside of that, we see the continued slow adoption of Nougat at a pace similar to recent months with older versions slowly fading away.
Below is a chart with the updated numbers for October:
The changes from September are:
- Oreo: +0.2%
- Nougat: +2.0%
- Marshmallow: 0.2%
- Lollipop: -1.1%
- KitKat: -0.6%
- Jelly Bean: -0.3%
- Ice Cream Sandwich: 0.0%
- Gingerbread: 0.0%
The change for Nougat is similar to growth throughout the summer months for that version of Android which has been increasing its share by 2 percent or more since June. With a big month for November, Nougat may be able to finally top 20% of the market. That will leave it still lagging behind Lollipop and Marshmallow. With Oreo now hitting the market, Nougat may never reach the share levels that those previous versions achieved.
The big loser this month was Lollipop with a 1.1% loss which is the biggest one month drop in recent months. Also similar to prior months is the change for Jelly Bean through Marshmallow as a whole essentially matching the growth in Nougat. That strongly suggests, as we have noted in prior months, that Nougat’s growth is coming primarily from users replacing older devices with new smartphones loaded with Nougat out of the box as opposed to operating system updates rolling out.
source: Android Developers