Google Android Distribution – Nougat takes the top spot
Android Nougat has recorded a record of popularity:
Google operating system Android Nougat has become the most popular Android version in the market. Google recently posted its latest Android platform distribution numbers and the stats are notable for a couple of reasons. According to the details, Nougat has become the most used Android version in the market for the first time. It took 18 months to reach this spot. Nougat was launched in August 2016. Marshmallow was the most used Android version before that. 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. This is also mentionable because it is the first time that Nougat has surpassed Marshmallow, making Nougat the most used version of Android.
Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) fell to 24.6 percent use this month, while the use of Android KitKat (4.4) dropped to 12.0 percent and Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) dropped to 5.0 percent.
This month’s usage statistics include Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) at 0.4 percent and Android Gingerbread (0.3 percent), both lower than last month.
It’s great to see a newer version of Android remove Marshmallow as the most used flavor of Android. Although Nougat is not the last absolute version, it is more recent than Marshmallow and is only one version of the most recent. Meanwhile, the use of Android Oreo continues to grow steadily and should get a good boost when 2017 flagships like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8.