Google releases the Android distribution numbers for May; Oreo is up over a 5% share

Google has shared the Android distribution figures as of the first week of May 2018.

Google has updated the distribution numbers of its Android operating system for mobile devices, as they do once each month. During the recent period, Marshmallow shrunk from 26% to only a 25.5% share. Lollipop also came down as it did the month before, this time from 22.9% to 21.4%. Older versions like Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat, continued to see minor declines in their respective shares as well.

Android Nougat, which saw its release back in 2016, continues to increase slightly, this month to 31.1% of the pie from 30.8% in April. This is currently the most popular version of the mobile OS and combines those on Android 7.0Android 7.1.1 and Android 7.1.2.

Android Oreo, which saw its released midway through 2017, came up from 4.6% to 5.7% share. That’s 1.1% of growth month-over-month. This combines those on Android 8.0 and Android 8.1. Clearly, there’s still some improvement needed to be done.

This week was Google I/O 2018 and the search giant announced its second developer preview of Android P. A new strategy using extra force and Project Treble could make updates easier on the part of manufacturers and carriers with future versions of Android. Fragmentation is very bad, but the company is doing something about it by introducing beta updates for other Android OEMs. This could make a difference at the point of Android P’s release with some devices getting it significantly sooner. However, there’s still lots of catching up to do for Android OEMs with Oreo as even many high-end phones don’t yet have it. This would be a good idea before attention really steers to the new system upgrade. Hopefully we’ll continue to see the update roll out to additional hardware and come pre-loaded on new models as we move ahead.

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SOURCE [Android Developers]

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