Technology Nougat is now the most-used version of Android, 17 months later

15:01  06 february  2018
15:01  06 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

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Android 7.x Nougat is now on 1.2% of active Android phones, according to the latest numbers from Google. Other versions , like Lollipop, KitKat and most flavors of Jelly Bean, are all down from January, but not enough to make any significant difference.

Google's April distribution numbers show that Nougat is now installed on 7.1% of all Android devices, an increase of 2.2% from a month prior. Marshmallow is holding steady at 31.2%, as with a 32% share, Lollipop is the most widely- used version of Android globally, albeit by a slender margin.

a close up of a piece of paper© Provided by Engadget Google hasn't quite licked its problems getting users to adopt the latest version of Android. Its latest Play Store user share stats show that Nougat has become the most-used Android release at 28.5 percent... just over 17 months after its summer 2016 debut. Not exactly a speedy transition, then. That still gives it the edge over the older-still Marshmallow release, mind you, and indicates that a large chunk of the user base is running a modern take on Android.

There's a smaller piece of good news, too: Oreo has climbed above 1 percent after sitting below that milestone since its fall premiere.

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But how many people use latest Android version in the whole world. Last month Nougat OS installed was at 9.5%. Android Nougat is now installed on 11.5% of all Android devices. And third position for the Lollipop 5 on the market with 30.1%. KitKat is at 17 .1%, while Jelly Bean is at 8.1%.

Its latest Play Store user share stats show that Nougat has become the most - used Android release at 28.5 percent just over 17 months after its summer 2016 debut. Not exactly a speedy transition, then.

The long interval between Nougat's launch and taking the lead can likely be pinned on the same factors that have dictated Android upgrade cycles for years. Many Android vendors take months to deliver upgrades (due to both their custom software and carrier testing), and stop providing upgrades roughly 2 years after a device launch -- you might not see more than one or two major revisions until you replace your phone.

That pattern might not repeat itself going forward. Oreo's modular Project Treble framework is designed explicitly to reduce the delays for upgrades. It might not dramatically increase the adoption rate for newer Android releases, but it certainly won't hurt. The challenge, not surprisingly, is increasing Oreo adoption. It likely won't see a dramatic upswing until more major smartphones ship with Oreo out of the box, such as the Galaxy S9.

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Nougat is making steady gains, but Marshmallow is still the most - used version of Android . With few devices outside the Pixels, Nexus devices, and the Xperia XZ1 running Oreo, it'll be a while before we see any tangible gains for the latest version of Android .

Now , a month later , Note 5 users have confirmed that Android Nougat has officially started rolling out. When Microsoft comes out with a new windows version , nearly all devices can be used to install. The same for Ubuntu, Mint, Linux and others.

Android version user share, February 2018© Google Android version user share, February 2018

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