October Android distribution: Oreo grows and still no Pie

Joanna Estrada
October 28, 2018

Google has now released its October 2018 Android distribution numbers and while most changes are minor, we're seeing continued steady growth for Android Oreo, which is now running on 21.5% of Android smartphones.

Three months after the stable release of Android Pie and it still doesn't show in the monthly stats. It is worth noting that most of the devices in the list, including Mi 5-series, Mi 6, Mi 8-series, Mi Mix 2, Mi Note 3-series have already been upgraded to Android Oreo. Google released the Android version on August 6th for its Pixel line. With OEMs in the budget category, updates on Android continue to remain a problem. It is now powering a total of 21.5 percent of active Android devices, a gain of 2.3 percent from last month. Then even bigger players like Samsung have not exactly been quick to push out updates.

Coming to Android Nougat, version 7.0 and 7.1 combined means that Google's two year old OS grabs a total of 28.2 percentage points. Marshmallow dropped from 21.6% to 21.3%, now putting it behind Oreo in terms of usage. However, Oreo is on the rise since September while Nougat numbers are falling. Elsewhere, the nearly ancient Android Lollipop still sits on a whopping 17.9% of devices. Android Jellybean, which includes version 4.1 and 4.2x is on 1.1 per cent and 1.5 per cent devices respectively, which shows a decline.

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