Google has shared with us the Android distribution figures as of February, 2018.
Google has once again updated the distribution numbers of Android, as they do once each month. During the most recent period, Marshmallow decreased for the first time, from a 28.6% share to only 28.1%. Lollipop came down to 24.6% from 25.1%, meaning it now sits below one-fourth of all Android devices. Older versions of the operating system including Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat, continued to see minor declines in their respective shares.
Last year’s Android system overhaul, Android Nougat, saw a large increase last month capturing 28.5% of the pie, which is up from 26.3%. Pretty soon, it will surpass Marshmallow to become the most popular system version. Remember, this combines those on Android 7.0. Android 7.1.1 and Android 7.1.2.
Android Oreo made the headline with 1.1%, which surpassed the 1% mark this month after being at 0.7% in January. This combines those on Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 (which released publicly two months ago). This is the latest of Google’s major software overhauls that debuted last August, and has seen little adoption since, despite Google’s extra force and belief that Project Treble would make updates easier on the part of manufacturers and carriers. Hopefully we’ll continue to see the update roll out to additional hardware and come pre-loaded on new models. Every little bit will help at this point.
SOURCE [Android Developers]