Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Nougat is finally king of Android versions, Oreo breaks the 1% barrier

Nougat is finally king of Android versions, Oreo breaks the 1% barrier

While Nougat isn't the absolute latest version, it's newer than Marshmallow and is only one version back from being the newest. It was a relatively speedy ascent for Nougat, with usage of Android 7.0 or better spreading fast and coupled with the gradual migration of Android Marshmallow users to newer versions. While Google launched the Oreo OS back in fall of a year ago, the amount of devices running it is still quite small, claiming only a small 1.1% placing it in sixth place behind the more popular Jelly Bean and Kit Kat Android versions.

The beginning of this month shows Android Nougat - both 7.0 and 7.1 versions - at the top of distribution numbers, taking a 28.5 percent share of all Android users, an increase of over 2 percentage points from last month.

Being the leading smartphone vendor in the world, Samsung controls the uptake of Android OS.

Google hasn't quite licked its problems getting users to adopt the latest version of Android.

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Android Jelly Bean, which includes three versions - 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3, reaches 5%.

As anyone with an Android device can tell you, the multitude of devices that support the Android software all get the updates to the new versions at varying speeds and some become phased out and unable to even access the newer versions. Android Gingerbread is on 0.3%, while Ice Cream Sandwich is powering 1.4% devices.

Android Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) usage grew to 28.5 percent this month, while Android Marshmallow (6.0) slipped to 28.1 percent. From last month, this is a drop by 0.1%. It is followed by 28 percent devices running iOS 10.

Meanwhile, as for Google's latest Android Oreo update, it is steadily gaining momentum, ever since its release a year ago in August. If you're an Android user what version is your favorite?

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