Android usage: Nougat is still king, but Oreo starts to make gains

Google has published its latest breakdown of platform usage, showing the proportion of active devices running each version of the Android OS. The data is collected during a 7-day period that ended on April 16, and it only represents devices that have visited the Google Play Store during that period, so to be clear, it does not include AOSP devices.

Version Codename API February This month Change
2.33 - 2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 0.3% 0.3% -
4.0.3 - 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 0.4% 0.4% -
4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 1.7% 1.7% -
4.2.x 17 2.6% 2.2% -0.4%
4.3.x 18 0.7% 0.6% -0.1%
4.4 KitKat 19 12.0% 10.5% -1.5%
5.0 Lollipop 21 5.4% 4.9% -0.5%
5.1 22 19.2% 18.0% -1.2%
6.0 Marshmallow 23 28.1% 26.0% -1.9%
7.0 Nougat 24 22.3% 23.0% +0.7%
7.1 25 6.2% 7.8% +1.6%
8.0 Oreo 26 0.8% 4.1% +3.3%
8.1 27 0.3% 0.5% +0.2%

Clearly, the big winner this month was Oreo, but while it's on 3.3% more devices than it was two months ago, it's still on only 4.6% of all Google Play Android devices, which is rather terrible for an official OS update that came out almost eight months ago. To make matters worse, only 0.5% of devices are on the latest version, which was released four months ago.

The rest of the list is continuing to slowly decline. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich still make up less than 1% combined, which isn't all that surprising given how old those versions are. Basically, if they're not gone by now, there's no reason to believe that they'd disappear soon.

With 30.8% of Android devices, Nougat is still the most popular codename after a 2.3% bump in the last two months. Marshmallow took the biggest hit at a loss of almost two percentage points and is now down to 26.0%, which is still over a quarter of all Android devices, and Jelly Bean now accounts for 4.5% of Google Play devices.

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