Welcome to 2018 says Google! The calendar has reached mid-January and the search giant has now released its first Android distribution numbers of the year.
Google has updated the distribution figures for Android, as they do once each month. During the most recent period, Marshmallow decreased to 28.6% from 29.7%. Lollipop came down to 25.1% from 26.3%, and even older versions of the operating system including Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat, continued to see minor declines.
Last year’s major system overhaul, Android Nougat, saw the biggest increase last month, taking 26.3% of the pie, which is up from 23.3%. This was good enough to take second place, ahead of Lollipop. If the rate of increase remains the same during next month, Marshmallow will surpass even Marshmallow, to make it the most popular Android version. Remember, this combines those on Android 7.0. Android 7.1.1 and Android 7.1.2.
As for Android Oreo, it rose from 0.5% to 0.7% and combines those on Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 (which released publicly last month). This is the latest of Google’s major system overhauls that debuted last August, and has seen little adoption movement 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 existing hardware in the coming months.
SOURCE [Android Developers]