Android Distribution January 2018: Oreo barely moves the needle as Nougat marches on

It’s that time of the month again, where we see just how fragmented the world of Android actually is according to Google’s distribution figures. In January, Oreo is still struggling to gain traction while it seems Nougat is almost ready to overtake Marshmallow in the rankings. 

When compared to December’s distribution figures, we can see the following changes in market share:

Just like in December, Nougat is the big mover in January, and I’m still convinced that Marshmallow will lose its top spot next month as it continues losing ground. Lollipop lost 1.2% of its share, making it the biggest loser this time around with KitKat and Jelly Bean also on the downward spiral.

With all the Oreo updates going out in the past couple of weeks, maybe Googles newest version of Android will gain some momentum to finally breach the 1% mark. Maybe. With smartphone manufacturers like Sony still launching phones running Android 7.1.1 Nougat at CES 2018, Nougat would appear to be set as the top dog this year.

Source: Android


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).


  • xgman

    This just simply pathetic. And it’s more pathetic because there is an easy cure. Strip the carriers out of the equation just like Apple does. Done.