Android usage: Nougat is now on 15


By Rich Woods Senior Editor for North America Neowin · · Hot! with

Google has published its latest monthly breakdown of platform usage, showing the proportion of active devices running each version of the Android OS. The data was collected during a seven-day period ending on September 11, and only represents devices that have visited the Google Play Store during that period, so it does not include AOSP devices.

Version Codename API Last month This month Change
2.3.3 – 2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 0.7% 0.6% -0.1
4.0.3 – 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 0.7% 0.6% -0.1
4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 2.7% 2.4% -0.3
4.2.x 17 3.8% 3.5% -0.3
4.3 18 1.1% 1.0% -0.1
4.4 KitKat 19 16.0% 15.1% -0.9
5.0 Lollipop 21 7.4% 7.1% -0.3
5.1 22 21.8% 21.7% -0.1
6.0 Marshmallow 23 32.3% 32.2% -0.1
7.0 Nougat 24 12.3% 14.2% 1.9
7.1 25 1.2% 1.6% 0.4

Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are slowly but steadily dropping off of the map, although the former hasn’t been supported since February. Jelly Bean is continuing to decline, now with a total of 6.9% of Google Play devices.

KitKat saw the biggest loss though, which has been the case every month for over a year and a half. Eventually, that should start to stagnate and we’ll see bigger drops in numbers from Lollipop.

Android 5.x only got a drop of 0.4 though, which is less significant than last month’s 0.9. Marshmallow saw a slight decline, but it’s still the most heavily used version of the OS.

As usual, Android Nougat saw the biggest gain, and in this case, the only gain. Nougat has been around for over a year now though, and it’s still only on a total of 15.8% of devices. The latest version of Nougat, 7.1, isn’t doing very well at all with 1.6%, and that’s over 11 months old.

The newest version of Android, 8.0 Oreo, still isn’t making an appearance, which means that it’s installed on less than 0.1% of Google Play devices. Once more devices start shipping with the new OS and updates start being pushed, we’ll likely see it show up soon.

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