To close out the 2017 year, Google has shared Android’s latest distribution numbers as of December.
The search giant has supplied the latest Android distribution figures, as they typically do once each month. Older versions such as Marshmallow decreased over the period (from 30.9% to 29.7%). Lollipop came down from 27.2% to 26.3%, and even older versions of the operating system including Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat, experienced continued minor declines.
Last year’s major overall, Android Nougat, saw an increase from 20.6% up to 23.3% of the pie. This is up nearly 3% over the results from November and combines those on Android 7.0. Android 7.1.1 and Android 7.1.2. Next month hopefully we’ll reach 1 in 4, or 25% of all Android devices.
On to the most interesting, Android Oreo, which rose from 0.3% to 0.5% and combines those on Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 (which released publicly this month). This is the latest of Google’s major system overhauls that debuted in August, and has made little movement ever since, despite Google’s adjustments and extra force, with addition to Project Treble, meant to make updates easier on the part of manufacturers and carriers. That being said, a few have begun to roll out the update to existing hardware, but it will surely take more in order for us to see some notable change in Oreo’s share.
SOURCE [Android Developers]