The latest version of the Android OS, Android 7.0 Nougat OS has been around for nearly 4 months now. In this time, it has spread faster than many previous variants. The latest figures revealed by Google today show that Android Nougat has grown on over 1% of the total Android smartphones. While 1% might sound like a small number, it is quite fast when compared to previous variants.
The company has shown the exact distribution of market share – Android Gingerbread, the oldest active version of Android OS is still at 1%, and so is the Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich. The market shares of the Android Jelly Bean (4.1 – 4.3.x) too has been reduced to just above 11% (combined). Android 5.0 KitKat OS dominates 21.9% of the total Android smartphones.
Android 5.0 and Android 5.1.x Lollipop OS (combined) continues to be the most popular Android OS, with a market share of 32.9% (combined). It now looks like Android Marshmallow is close to taking over the crown from the Lollipop OS, as Marshmallow (Android 6.0.x OS) has now reached 30.9% of the total Android market share. Up next is the Android Nougat, with a combined market share of 1.1%
The Android Nougat market share can be further split into Android 7.0.x (0.9%) and Android 7.1.x (0.3%). While Android Nougat (combined) has grown by 0.5% from last month, and the biggest drop has been in Android 4.4 which has witnessed a 0.7% drop from January’s stats. Android Gingerbread OS continues to stay at 1% (no change from January). Android Marshmallow has witnessed a growth of 1.1% this month.
With more and more flagship smartphones coming out, the Android Nougat market share continues to grow. Updates too have been increasing at a rapid pace, and many smartphones are getting this update. The OEMs too are gearing up for the update and are providing it at a more rapid pace than ever before. (Thanks to some muscle flexing from Google). We expect Android Nougat and Android Marshmallow to grow even more next month.