Android Nougat is now the most popular version while Android Oreo crossed 1 percent mark

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 06 Feb 2018
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Per the latest distribution chart on Google’s Android Developer Blog, Android 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat now accounts for 28.5 percent devices making it the most used version of Android. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now running in 28.1 percent devices and Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop now make up for 24.6 percent of the share.

Android Nougat is now the most popular version while Android Oreo crossed 1 percent mark

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A year and a half since its roll out, Android 7.0 Nougat is now the most used version of Android worldwide. Android Marshmallow has been pushed to the second spot, while Android Oreo cross the 1 percent mark this month.

Per the latest distribution chart on Google’s Android Developer Blog, Android 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat now accounts for 28.5 percent devices making it the most used version of Android. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now running in 28.1 percent devices and Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop now make up for 24.6 percent of the share.

Meanwhile, Android Oreo became slightly more popular with the latest build of Android now present in 1.1 percent devices, which is a slight bump over last month’s 0.7 percent. Phones like the Honor 8 Pro (review), Xiaomi Mi A1 (review), Moto X4 (review), Nokia 6, 5 and 8, OnePlus 5T (review) and more received the update to Oreo while newer phones like the LG V30+ (review) and Honor 9 Lite (review) have bolstered the install base of the OS.

Funnily enough, the older Android 4.4 KitKat is still in use although it dipped a little to 12 percent while the ancient Android Jelly Bean powers 5 percent of active devices around the world. Unbelievably, around 1 percent of devices are running on Android Gingerbread and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The growth of Android 8.0 Oreo has been impressive as OEMs are finally pushing for regular updates to devices. Flagship and mid-range devices which launched with the previous Android version have either received the update or are on schedule to be updated soon. Even older flagship phones like the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are being updated to Android Oreo.

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