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Android version stats for April 2018 show Oreo sitting at less than 5% after another modest gain

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:14:34 +0000

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Things must be busy at the Googleplex right now. That's the only reason I can think that Google couldn't get someone to dump the latest platform distribution data online for the last six weeks. The last time we had fresh numbers was the beginning of February, but Google has just issued an out-of-cycle dashboard update with new numbers. There are no surprises here—Oreo is still growing (slowly) and old versions of Android are shrinking (slowly).

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Android version stats for April 2018 show Oreo sitting at less than 5% after another modest gain was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




February 2018 Android platform distribution: Oreo breaks 1% usage and Nougat is finally on top

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:06:40 +0000

Android 8.0 has been a low burn since its release last fall. It's been gaining a tenth of a percent here and there on the distribution charts, and Android 8.1 just appeared last month. This month, there's a slightly larger bump that finally pushed the latest and greatest Android up over 1%. As usual, here are all the numbers compared to last month. Android version stats, February 2018 Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp) 2.30.40.3-0.1 4.00.50.4-0.1 4.11.91.7-0.2 4.22.92.6-0.3 4.30.80.7-0.1 4.412.812-0.8 5.05.75.4-0.3 5.119.419.2-0.2 6.028.628.1-0.5 7.021.122.3+1.2 7.15.26.2+1.0 8.00.50.8+0.3 8.10.20.3+0.1 The data is pretty straightforward this month—every version except for Nougat and Oreo lost a few tenths of a percent. Read MoreFebruary 2018 Android platform distribution: Oreo breaks 1% usage and Nougat is finally on top was written by the awesome team at Android Police.[...]



January 2018 platform distribution numbers show Oreo still at less than 1%

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:00:16 +0000

The time has come again for Google to provide an overview of what versions of Android are out there in the wild. Last month saw some big (proportional) gains for Oreo as most other versions of Android continued to slide. This time, we have the first appearance of Android 8.1, but Oreo's adoption is still in lock-step with Nougat last year. Here's a breakdown of this month's changes. Android version stats, January 2018 Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp) 2.30.40.40 4.00.50.50 4.12.01.9-0.1 4.23.02.9-0.1 4.30.90.8-0.1 4.413.412.8-0.6 5.06.15.7-0.4 5.120.219.4-0.8 6.029.728.6-1.1 7.019.321.1+1.8 7.14.05.2+1.2 8.00.50.50 8.100.2+0.2 As you can see, Nougat is still on the rise, and most earlier versions ticked downward just a bit. Read MoreJanuary 2018 platform distribution numbers show Oreo still at less than 1% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.[...]



December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo's piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat's share continues to grow

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:34:32 +0000

Well, it's that time of the month again. Like last month, Google's a bit later than it usually is with these numbers, and it isn't because we have a new version of Android for the chart. Although 8.1 has been released, this month's platform distribution numbers don't include it. Nougat continues to make gains, cumulatively adding an extra 2.7% to its slice of the pie, and Oreo has almost doubled to 0.5%.  If you just want to look at the numbers, here they are: Android version stats, December 2017 Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp) 2.30.50.4-0.1 4.00.50.50 4.12.22.0-0.2 4.23.13.0-0.1 4.30.90.90 4.413.813.4-0.4 5.06.46.1-0.3 5.120.820.2-0.6 6.030.929.7-1.2 7.017.619.3+1.7 7.13.04.0+1.0 8.00.30.5+0.2 Oreo's gains might seem small, but it has increased ever so slightly faster than Nougat 7.0 did this long after its launch. Read MoreDecember 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo's piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat's share continues to grow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.[...]



November 2017 platform distribution shows an anemic 0.1% increase for Oreo and a larger bump for Nougat

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:05:04 +0000

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It was beginning to look like Google wouldn't get around to releasing platform distribution numbers this month, but it just came through. The news, however, isn't great if you've been pulling for Oreo to catch on. After debuting last month at 0.2% market share, Oreo is up just another tenth of a point this month. Meanwhile, Nougat saw a more substantial increase.

Here's a breakdown of all the changes this month.

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November 2017 platform distribution shows an anemic 0.1% increase for Oreo and a larger bump for Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android platform distribution for October 2017 includes the first hint of Oreo at 0.2%

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:19:22 +0000

Another month, another update to the Google Developer dashboards. This time there's something new in the Android version stats, although it's a very, very small something. After the unsurprising no-show last month, Android 8.0 Oreo has made its first appearance this time with a grand total of 0.2% device share. Here's a breakdown of this month's changes. Android version stats, October 2017 Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp) 2.30.60.60 4.00.60.60 4.12.42.3-0.1 4.23.53.3-0.2 4.31.01.00 4.415.114.5-0.6 5.07.16.7-0.4 5.121.721-0.7 6.032.232-0.2 7.014.215.8+1.6 7.11.62.0+0.4 8.000.2+0.2 Despite the presence of Oreo, Android 7.0 and 7.1 still showed a respectable increase of 2% this month. Read MoreAndroid platform distribution for October 2017 includes the first hint of Oreo at 0.2% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.[...]



Android platform distribution updated for September 2017 with another small gain for Nougat and no sign of Oreo

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:23:36 +0000

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There's an Apple event happening at this moment, during which the company will probably brag about how unified its iOS user base it. Google chose right now to update the platform versions in the developer dashboard. Android is, well, not entirely unified, but that's nothing new. Nougat is still gaining this month, Marshmallow is on the decline, and there's no sign of Oreo yet.

Here's the breakdown of this month's changes.

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Android platform distribution updated for September 2017 with another small gain for Nougat and no sign of Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android platform distribution for August 2017: Nougat hits 13.5% with Android O right around the corner

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:32:01 +0000

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Google has updated the developer dashboards for August, and that means a new glimpse at which versions of Android are floating around out there. Like last month, Android 7.0 and 7.1 saw a small gain, and most other versions saw a small drop. That leaves Nougat on just 13.5% of devices today, and it's entirely possible Android O will arrive before another platform update does.

Android 7.0 is by far the largest version of Nougat, which is what's running on devices like the Galaxy S8.

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Android platform distribution for August 2017: Nougat hits 13.5% with Android O right around the corner was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android platform distribution numbers for July 2017 show another modest increase for Nougat

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:00:33 +0000

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Google has provided updated numbers on what versions of Android are out there in the world, and again Nougat is showing a respectable, though not impressive rise. Nougat has increased by 2% across both versions, which is a bit weaker than last month's 2.4% rise. Some older versions of Android saw larger than expected decreases, but Nougat has still fallen behind the pace set by Marshmallow last year.

Nougat is now running on 11.5% of the Android devices out there.

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Android platform distribution numbers for July 2017 show another modest increase for Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




WhatsApp will continue to support Android 2.3 until 2020

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:22:44 +0000

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As a side effect of the version fragmentation that Android suffers from, even the latest apps tend to support Android versions a few years old. For example, most of Google's apps nowadays have a minimum requirement of Android 4.1 or 4.2. If you're still stuck on 2.3 Gingerbread, at least you'll get to keep using WhatsApp.

Last year, WhatsApp said it was ending support for a variety of older mobile operating systems, like iOS 6 and Android 2.2 (and below).

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WhatsApp will continue to support Android 2.3 until 2020 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




June 2017 Android platform distribution stats see steady rise for Nougat and not much else

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:34:10 +0000

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With another month of Android version stats released, Google's latest version of its mobile operating system saw predictable gains, ticking up a total of 2.4 points versus a little over a month ago. All other versions of the platform either held steady or declined, with Android 5.1 and 4.4 seeing the largest losses, at 0.7 points each.

Android Gingerbread, Jelly Bean, and KitKat also saw minor drops, thought Marshmallow held steady at 31.2% of the pie.

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June 2017 Android platform distribution stats see steady rise for Nougat and not much else was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




May 2017 Android platform distribution shows another big gain for Nougat and a small uptick for older versions

Tue, 02 May 2017 21:40:23 +0000

Google has updated the developer dashboard for May, giving us an overview of the Android device ecosystem. Nougat continues to inch upward at a respectable rate—it's now over 7% of devices. However, there's some strange stuff at the bottom of the heap. Gingerbread and Lollipop both saw small increases in usage share this month because math is weird. Here's an update comparison chart with this month's values. Android version stats, May 2017 Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp) 2.30.91.0+0.1 4.00.90.8-0.1 4.13.53.2-0.3 4.25.14.6-0.5 4.31.51.3-0.2 4.420.018.8-1.2 5.09.08.7-0.3 5.123.023.3+0.3 6.031.231.20 7.04.56.6+2.1 7.10.40.5+0.1 Nougat gained more this month (2.2%) as a share of all devices than it has in any previous month. Read MoreMay 2017 Android platform distribution shows another big gain for Nougat and a small uptick for older versions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.[...]



Android platform distribution for April 2017 shows another solid gain for Nougat

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:00:04 +0000

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No one is going to claim Android updates are perfect, but Google isn't hiding anything. As it does most months, it has just updated the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers. Nougat is still just picking up steam, but it had another solid month of growth. The combined share of 7.0 and 7.1 is at nearly 5%. I know that doesn't sound impressive, but it's not bad historically.

Here's an updated chart showing the month-to-month changes.

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Android platform distribution for April 2017 shows another solid gain for Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




March 2017 platform distribution: Nougat surges, but still only 2.8% of devices

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:56:44 +0000

It's that time again—Google has updated the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers. After bidding Froyo a long-overdue farewell a few months ago, there hasn't been a great deal of movement. Nougat got off to a slow start, but it's finally picking up steam this month. It's still only on a fraction of devices, though. Android version stats, March 2017 Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp) 2.31.01.00 4.01.01.00 4.14.03.7-0.3 4.25.75.4-0.3 4.31.61.5-0.1 4.421.920.8-1.1 5.09.89.4-0.4 5.123.123.10 6.030.731.3+0.6 7.00.92.4+1.5 7.10.30.4+0.1 Everything is down or flat except Nougat and Marshmallow. Read MoreMarch 2017 platform distribution: Nougat surges, but still only 2.8% of devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.[...]



Google posts list of changes for Play Services 10.2, drops Gingerbread support and improves several APIs

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:25:17 +0000

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The time has finally come to say a fond farewell to Gingerbread. In a manner of speaking, that is. Back in November, Google announced Play services v10.0 would be the last release to support Android 2.3. In fact, Honeycomb was simultaneously deprecated as the minimum supported version was elevated to API level 14, also known as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As Play services v10.2 completes its wide rollout to Android devices, that time has officially come.

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Google posts list of changes for Play Services 10.2, drops Gingerbread support and improves several APIs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Google releases February platform distribution numbers, Nougat inches over 1%

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:35:17 +0000

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Like clockwork, the February distribution numbers are out, and while it's not a milestone like last month when Froyo finally died, there are still some important things to take note of.

Nougat is finally above 1.0% across both 7.0 and 7.1, clocking in at 1.2%. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbeard are now level on 1.0% dead, while Jelly Bean sees a 0.3% decrease. Lollipop has also decreased by 0.5%, but Marshmallow continues to grow by almost 1.0%, continuing the trend of being the largest numbered version.

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Google releases February platform distribution numbers, Nougat inches over 1% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Google posts January 2017 platform distribution numbers: Nougat still under 1%, but Froyo is finally dead

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:11:01 +0000

Today is a big day for Android, nay, for all of us. After nearly seven years, Android 2.2 Froyo has finally dropped off the platform distribution numbers. Our Froyo Deathwatch has ended. That's not all that happened this month, but everything else is fairly routine. Android version stats, January 2017 Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp) 2.20.10-0.1 2.31.21.0-0.2 4.01.21.1-0.1 4.14.54.0-0.5 4.26.45.9-0.5 4.31.91.7-0.2 4.424.022.6-1.4 5.010.810.1-0.7 5.123.223.3+0.1 6.026.329.6+3.3 7.00.40.5+0.1 7.100.2+0.2 Froyo has been hanging on at 0.1% of active Android devices for ages, but now it's dropped below that mark and is no longer included in the platform numbers. Read MoreGoogle posts January 2017 platform distribution numbers: Nougat still under 1%, but Froyo is finally dead was written by the awesome team at Android Police.[...]



Android platform distribution, December 2016: KitKat is finally toppled, Nougat doesn't move much

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:07:17 +0000

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December's Android platform distribution numbers are up and... not much exciting has changed in the last month, to be honest. The only real milestone we're seeing is that Android 4.4 KitKat is finally no longer the most common API level of the platform, having been usurped by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. KitKat's dominant streak was around two years - let's hope Marshmallow doesn't sit on the throne that long.

This does mean that the most common version of the platform is now only two API versions behind the most recent version (Android 7.1, API level 25).

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Android platform distribution, December 2016: KitKat is finally toppled, Nougat doesn't move much was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Gingerdead: Google Play Services 10.0.x will be the last version to support Android 2.3

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:48:28 +0000

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread, according to Google, still runs on approximately 1.3% of devices hitting the Play Store every month. But with Google Play Services 10.0.x, Google is placing an end-marker for the OS's support of the Play Services package going forward, which signals what is essentially the final death of the platform as far as Google is concerned.

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Gingerdead: Google Play Services 10.0.x will be the last version to support Android 2.3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android platform distribution, November 2016: Nougat shows up, Marshmallow surges to 24%

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:46:00 +0000

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Android platform distributions for the first week of November are up, and Nougat has appeared... with 0.3% of the pie. But it's there! The only other really noteworthy change came from Marshmallow, which surged 5.3 points to 24% of total devices. As such, it seems likely that Marshmallow will unseat KitKat as the most common version of the Android platform next month, at least if we're counting by API level. If you're counting by whole-digit version, Lollipop is in the lead, and has been for some time.

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Android platform distribution, November 2016: Nougat shows up, Marshmallow surges to 24% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.