Android Nougat's market share nears 5 percent ahead of Android O release

Android 7.0 Nougat is currently being used on 4.5 percent active devices. Google is expected to showcase at Android O at I/O 2017 next month

Published Date
07 - Apr - 2017
| Last Updated
08 - May - 2017
Android Nougat's market share nears 5 percent ahead of Android O...

Android Nougat, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, is now running on nearly 5 percent of active devices. According to Android Dashboard, Android 7.0 Nougat is on 4.5 percent devices while 7.1 is being used by 0.4 percent active devices. The market share is based on usage data collected during a 7-day period ending on April 3, 2017.

For the period ending March 6, Android 7.0 Nougat's market share was 2.4 percent while that of 7.1 was recorded as 0.4 percent. It should be noted that Android Nougat 7.0 Nougat has gained over 2 percent share in the last one month. The major reason could be the launch of new devices, and old devices getting updates at steady pace. Android 7.0 Nougat was announced in beta on March 9, 2016 for select Nexus devices. The operating system was then officially introduced as an OTA update for Nexus devices on August 22, 2016. While LG's V20 was the first smartphone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL were the first to run Android 7.1 Nougat. Google recently announced Android 7.1.2 Nougat with bug fixes for Pixel and Nexus devices.

In terms of market share, Android Lollipop is running on 32 percent active devices while Android 6.0 Marshmallow has reached 31.2 percent active devices. Android 4.4 KitKat is currently being used by 20 percent active Android users. Android Jellybean is on 10.1 percent active devices while the share of Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread has dropped to 0.9 percent each.

While Nougat's user base has increased in the past few months, it is far from reaching the double digit number. Google recently introduced Android O Developer Preview and it is expected to showcase the next version of Android at its annual developer conference in May. With Android O launch in the pipeline, Google would hope to fix Android's growing fragmentation problem.