Android Nougat dethrones Marshmallow to become Google's most popular OS

Joanna Estrada
February 6, 2018

In the first week of every month, Internet search giant Google releases the latest Android distribution number which provides us with information pertaining to the distribution of different versions of Android in the market.

Almost 18 months after its release, Android Nougat is finally the most popular version of Android.

During the 7-day period ending on February 5, Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) was on 1.1 percent of devices. For a lot of phones, the version of Android that came installed your phone when you bought it is often the one that it'll always have. From last month, this is a drop by 0.1%. Android KitKat is at 12 percent, Jellybean at five percent, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, nearly out of the charts with 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent adoption, respectively.

Android 4.4 KitKat fell from its previous 12.8-percent to 12-percent. Android Gingerbread is followed by Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 and 4.0.4), which is now at 0.4%. As compared to last month's distribution numbers, the version has seen a drop by 0.6%.

Meanwhile, Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop combine to make up 24.6 per cent of all active devices. This version includes two sub-versions v5.0 and v5.1. With a total share of 28.5%, Android Nougat now has the maximum share in Android distribution. Per Google's Platform Versions page, the latest and greatest version of the company's mobile operating system finally has 1.1 percent adoption. We don't have the numbers to show for it, but it feels like Nougat climbed to being the top Android version at a very speedy rate, probably the fastest among modern Android versions. Yes, there's about the same percentage of users (28 percent) using iOS 10, which was released at roughly the same time as Nougat. Android Oreo was launched in August 2017.

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