We have some good news coming from the newly released Android September Distribution Report. The report shows that Android Nougat is now on 15.8 percent of all Android devices. Android Nougat was actually the only version of the Android operating system to see an increase. We have all of the latest information about the Android September Distribution Report and what this all means for Android users.
Android September Distribution Report Released
We figured that the Android September Distribution Report would be coming out soon. It has finally been released, not too long after the Security Bulletin for September was released. This new Android September Distribution Report shows that Android Nougat has now been adopted on 15.8 percent of all Android devices.
This is up 2.3 percent from the month previously, and it is the only version of Android that saw an increase in this report. If you were not aware of how the Android September Distribution Report is calculated, it runs off of the devices that have logged into Google Play Store. The accumulation period is 7 days, so these figures are all based off that 7-day period of accumulation on Google Play Store.
The Android September Distribution Report shows that all other versions of Android except Nougat ended up falling for September. The adoption rate of Android Marshmallow fell .1 percent and is now only running on 32.2 percent of Android devices that are active. Android Lollipop, which is Android version 5.0, went down to 28.8 percent. This is about a .4 percent drop from the previous month. Android 4.4 is only on 15.1 percent of active Android devices now. This is a .9 percent drop from last month where it was at 16 percent.
Android September Distribution Report Shows Older Versions Obsolete
When you look more in-depth at the Android September Distribution Report, you see that the older versions of Android have not done well at all. In fact, you could say that these much older Android operating systems have now become obsolete. Android 4.1 through Android 4.3 only combined to make up 6.9 percent of active Android devices.
Android 4.0, which is Ice Cream Sandwich, ended up falling to .6 percent. This was down only .1 percent from the month before. The oldest operating system being monitored is Android 2.3, which is Gingerbread. Gingerbread fell down to .6 percent as well, which is also a .1 percent drop from the previous month.
What Android Distribution Report Might Show in Coming Months
As far as what is coming up, we have Android 8.0, which is Oreo, about to be released. The adoption rates for Nougat, which is Android 7.0, are just now creeping up the charts. While it is good news that more people are upgrading to Android Nougat, Android Oreo is likely not to be found on the Android Distribution Reports for a while.
That is mostly because people on Android seem to be much slower at upgrading the operating system. That is when you compared Android with iOS. We are not really sure why that is either, but it is definitely something that has been noticed in many of these Distribution Reports.
We expect that Android Oreo likely will be last on the Distribution Reports in the coming months. Marshmallow and Lollipop are still king for Android users. The new Android September Distribution Report shows that some people are now embracing Nougat. It is still a pretty slow rate of adoption. We can expect that Android users will not be looking to upgrade to Android Oreo anytime soon. That is even considering how many improvements Oreo will bring to Android.