We have some good news about Android Nougat, as it finally is on top in the February Distribution Report. This is the first time that Android Nougat has beat out the other operating systems for the top spot in terms of distribution. If you have an Android device, then you probably have heard about how fragmentation is a huge problem for those on Android. Many people are somewhere between Android 5 and Android 7, with a very slow increase on Android 8. Read on to learn more about the latest Distribution Report and what all of this means for Google.
New February 2018 Distribution Report Shows Nougat Finally Most Used Version
Android Nougat, which is Android 7, is finally the most used version of Android. This is according to the February 2018 Distribution Report numbers. It was only a month ago that Android Nougat became the second-most used Android operating system. The new report shows that like most people predicted, Android Nougat has finally reached the top spot on most-used operating system.
Android 7 ended up going up 1.2 points, which brought it to 22.3 percent market share. Android 7.1 increased 1 point, making it 6.2 percent market share. Combining Android 7 and Android 7.1 means Nougat is now on 28.5 percent of all Android devices. That is an increase of 2.2 percent market share just within the past month.
When it comes to Android Oreo, which is Android 8, it only increased .8 percent market share in the February 2018 Distribution Report. Last month, it did not go up at all really, leading Oreo to fall flat of expectations. Android Oreo, both 8 and 8.1, are not sitting at a combined 1.1 percent market share. For the newest Android operating system, Oreo seems to be falling way behind both Nougat and Marshmallow at this point of time after release. That likely could be partially due to many new Android devices still shipping out with Android Nougat. A lot of phone manufacturers have not released the Android Oreo update yet, so it is definitely causing issues for Oreo.
Android Nougat Climbs as Android Marshmallow Falls
The good news is that Android Marshmallow, which is Android 6, has now fallen somewhat in the distribution report. Marshmallow is only 28.1 percent market share now, which is about a .5 percent fall in the last month. Android Lollipop, which is Android 5, is also going lower with only 24.6 percent market share. That is combining both Android 5 and Android 5.1.
When you look at Android KitKat, which is Android 4, it is only sitting at 12 percent market share now. Other lesser-used operating systems also are really low in the distribution area, with Jelly Bean now at 5 percent market share. Lastly, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread have also fallen off substantially, almost being completely unimportant now for the reports.
Android Nougat Rising Only Highlights the Problem for Google
It is important to remember that the February Distribution Report is based off of only a certain criteria. The data is compiled by a seven-day period of Android devices accessing Google Play Store. In this case, the seven-day period for data collection ended on February 5, 2018. This means that only devices that have used Google Play Store during this time are part of the Distribution Report. What that all means is that the data could be skewed a bit and might not represent the actual number of devices running Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, or Lollipop.
It does give us a good look though at what type of fragmentation is going on with Android right now. Fragmentation has been a huge problem for Android for a long time now, with devices falling behind as the updated operating systems continue to come out. The biggest takeaway here is that Android Nougat has been out for about 18 months now, and it just now has climbed to the top position as far as most-used Android version. That is where the problem is for Android, since Nougat has been out so long, it should have been number one a long time ago.