The new January 2018 Distribution Report from Google was just released. This is the first distribution chart released for this year, and it is showing Android Nougat growing among users. Basically, the distribution reports are collected once a month. It helps give an idea of what operating system people are using on Android. It should come as no surprise that Android Oreo is still lagging way behind the other operating system releases. That further shows the fragmentation on Android. Keep reading to find about the information that we found looking at the January 2018 Distribution Report from Google.
January 2018 Distribution Report Shows Oreo Barely Climbing
When it comes to Android Oreo, the new distribution report showed that it only went up .2 points from December. Android Oreo is now on .7 percent of devices, compared to .5 percent of devices in December. That is a pretty slow climb for the newest Android operating system, and shows just how slow people are to upgrade. Android Oreo, to be fair, has only really been available for those on Nexus and Pixel devices. This means that there are still many people who have not yet received the Android Oreo update. Android Oreo was divided up into two parts, with Android 8 getting .5 percent and Android 8.1 getting .2 percent, which is why overall Android Oreo stands at .7 percent market share.
When we look at Android Marshmallow is still the leader of the market share with 28.6 percent. Marshmallow is better known as Android 6. That is actually down a little bit, since it was 29.7 percent market share in December 2017. Android Marshmallow has been the leader for a long time now, but the good news is that it seems that could change in 2018.
Android Gingerbread actually still is holding on too, with it getting .4 percent of the market share in this report. Android Gingerbread was launched about seven years ago, so it is a bit surprising that this outdated and old operating system is still seeing that much adoption. This could be due to people who have very old Android devices, since some of the oldest Android devices cannot update beyond Gingerbread.
Android Nougat Sees Growth in January 2018 Distribution Report
The really cool thing is that Android Nougat, which is Android 7.0 and 7.1, has been seeing growth now for a while. In the new report, Android Nougat accounted for 26.3 market share, which is up 3.3 percent from the month prior. In November 2017, between 7.0 and 7.1, it only accounted for 20.6 percent market share. That is quite the jump in a matter of a few months.
Android 7.0 seeing the biggest jump overall. Android 7.0 ended up 1.8 percent higher and Android 7.1 ended up climbing 1.2 percentage points in January 2018. When you look at why this might be, the most obvious reason is the new Android devices coming out. Many newer Android devices, such as the OnePlus 5T and Moto X4, shipped with Android Nougat.
Distribution Report Shows Nougat Closing in on Marshmallow
The hope is that Android Nougat can close the gap with Android Marshmallow, and hopefully become the leading operating system on Android. Since so many newer Android devices are shipping with Android Nougat, this bodes well for Nougat to take the lead at some point in the next few months. Beyond that, Android Lollipop dipped a little this month, ending up with 25.1 percent market share.
That is down from 26.3 percent in December 2017, and shows that it is dropping slowly but surely. Even better, Android KitKat and Jelly Bean both dropped, although not very much this past month. KitKat went down to 12.8 percent, which is only a drop of .6 compared to last month. Android Jelly Bean ended up dropping .3 so it is now down to 5.6 percent market share.