Nougat becomes the most used version of the operating system
Google has updated its dashboard for the fragmentation of its mobile operating system.
Like Android Nougat before it, the Android version Oreo took five months to pass the milestone of 1% adoption.
This month, Android Nougat has surpassed Android Marshmallow in terms of market share, which means that the second most recent version of Android is now the most widely used. The latest version of Android usually takes more than a year to become the most used version, and so far, it does not seem that the story of Oreo is different.
Here are the changes that were observed between January and February:
Android 8.0 / 8.1 Oreo (August 2017, December 2017): up 0.4 points to 1.1%.
Android 7.0 / 7.1 Nougat (August 2016, October 2016): up 2.2 points to 28.5%.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow (October 2015): down 0.5 point to 28.1%.
Android 5.0 / 5.1 Lollipop (November 2014, March 2015): down 0.5 point to 24.6%.
Android 4.4 KitKat (October 2013): down 0.8 point to 12.0%.
Android 4.1 / 4.2 / 4.3 Jelly Bean (July 2012, November 2012 and July 2013): down 0.6 point to 5.0%.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (December 2011): down 0.1 point to 0.4%.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread (December 2010): down 0.1 point to 0.3%.
As shown in the diagram above, the order of adoption of Android is now as follows: Nougat in first position, followed by Marshmallow, then Lollipop. KitKat is in fourth place while Jelly Bean is in fifth position. Oreo is in sixth place, Ice Cream Sandwich in seventh and Gingerbread in last position. All eyes are now on Oreo to see how fast he is going to nibble away.
Google’s Platform Version tool uses data collected from the Google Play Store app, which requires the device to run on Android 2.2 or later. This means that devices running on older versions are not included in the statistics, let alone devices on which Google Play is not installed (like many Android phones and tablets in China, the Amazon Fire line, etc.). In addition, Android versions with adoption of less than 0.1%, such as Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 2.2 Froyo, are not listed. The two older Android versions will be deleted this year.