Android distribution for November 2017: Oreo stumbles while Nougat makes gains

It’s a familiar story every year. Google announces a new version of Android, and then everyone waits for it to eventually reach their device. This year it’s the turn of Android 8.0 Oreo, starting its trip to the top of the Android distribution charts at the usual glacial pace. Last year’s version, Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat, is building up a head of steam in its efforts to overtake Android 6 Marshmallow. 

The changes from October are:

As you can see, Android 7 Nougat was the big winner in the November distribution chart with a gain of 2.8% over its October results. While Oreo is advancing at a snail’s pace, it should begin picking up speed as more people get their hands on the newest flagship devices such as the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 Xl, and Mate 10 Pro, among others that launched running Android 8 Oreo. And let’s not forget about Samsung that is currently running an Oreo beta for its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones, with the public release of its Oreo firmware likely to launch during December. As last generation flagships start receiving Oreo updates, Nougat’s momentum should peter out somewhat in the next couple of months.

While Lollipop was the biggest loser in October, Marshmallow took that title this time around, dropping 1.1% of its share of the Android pie. Other than Oreo and Nougat, every other version of Android suffered losses, with even Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich losing 0.1%.

Source: Android Developers

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).