Google has published its latest monthly breakdown of platform usage, showing the proportion of active devices running each version of the Android OS. The data was collected during a seven-day period ending on October 2, and only represents devices that have visited the Google Play Store during that period, so it does not include AOSP devices.
|Version||Codename||API||Last month||This month||Change|
|2.3.3 - 2.3.7||Gingerbread||10||0.6%||0.6%||-|
|4.0.3 - 4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||15||0.6%||0.6%||-|
As has been the case lately, both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich remain stagnant at 0.6% of all Google Play Android devices. Jelly Bean saw a combined loss of 0.3%, which is less than last month's 0.7%.
For the first time in over a year and a half, Android 4.4 KitKat didn't have the biggest loss on the list with 0.6%, and that's likely due to the fact that its usage share has shrunken by so much. Instead, that honor falls to Lollipop with a combined loss of 1.1%, or even just 5.1 Lollipop, which shrunk by 0.7%.
Marshmallow continues to shrink by small amounts, as the version of the OS is beginning to age. The year-old Nougat is continuing to grow by the heaviest amounts with growth of 2.0%.
The biggest news though is that Android 8.0 Oreo has made its way to the list (the qualifier is that it has to be on over 0.1% of Google Play devices), with 0.2%. It's interesting that it's shown this early on, since the update has only been released for Nexus and Pixel devices, and is only shipping on a couple of Sony handsets.