After a brief delay and accidentally skipped month, Google has released the distribution numbers for Android’s current variety of operating systems. The last we’d heard about this came from January’s numbers, and there are a few things Google should be proud of and a few things they probably need to address.
The latest and greatest from Google, Android 8.1 Oreo, has barely moved. In January it was running on 0.2% of devices, and now it’s bumped up just barely to 0.5%. Not only is half a percent pretty terrible on its own right on the twilight of a new Android version, but it’s not really making any headway.
Bright side, Android 8.0 Oreo has climbed a bit, and Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 (both Nougat) have broken 30%, marking about 1/3rd of all Android devices at least running something semi-recent. Marshmallow’s still clinging to its 26% market share, though.
- Oreo: +3.9%
- Nougat: +4.5%
- Marshmallow: -2.6%
- Lollipop: -2.2%
- KitKat: -2.3%
- Jelly Bean: -1.1%
- Ice Cream Sandwich: -0.1%
- Gingerbread: -0.1%
On the bright side, at this rate we should finally see Gingerbread die before the holidays. Get your champagne ready.