Google has been a bit inconsistent in recent months with timely updates to their Android distribution stats, so it is a bit more challenging to identify shifts in the deployed versions. One of the trends we have seen in more recent months seems to be toward manufacturers relying more on users upgrading phones to something with newer versions of Android instead of trying to go back and issue updates for older devices. Looking forward, we may finally start to see some impact from Project Treble – maybe.
For the May numbers, which were measured during the week that ended on May 7, 2018, the big winner was Android 7.x Nougat which sits on top with 31.1% of Android devices running that particular version of the operating system.Following close behind is Android 6.0 Marshmallow with 25.5%. Googles latest version of Android – Android 8.x Oreo – has managed to only grab about 5.7% of the market despite being out for roughly half a year now. That seems like a rather dim number especially in light of the Android P developer reviews already being out and likely the focus of manufacturer’s development efforts.
Older versions of Android continue to hang around as well. Android 5.x Lollipop continues to cling to 22.4% of the market while Android 4.4 KitKat holds 10.3%. The remaining versions comprise a small slice of the pie.
In terms of changes, the big winner for May appears to be Android Oreo as its share increased by a whole percentage from the previous measurement.