Android 8.0 and 8.1 Oreo run on 14.6 percent of active Android devices, according to the Android Developer Dashboard. Since last month, Oreo’s share has increased by about 2.5 percent. But it’s Android 7.0 Nougat that remains the reigning king with 30.8 percent.
In contrast, Apple’s iOS 11, which was released almost a year ago, was installed on 85 percent of iOS devices as of September 3. The new numbers comes only a week before the company releases its new operating system — iOS 12.
In July, Android 8.0 Oreo doubled its usage, but in August the operating system saw a smaller percentage increase. Meanwhile, Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat has remained stagnant since July’s numbers. But with a 30.8 percent API level, it’s still currently the most used Android operating system.
Although Nougat’s 30-percent market share may sound like a small percentage, it accounts for a lot of phones, especially considering there have been well over 1.4 billion Android devices activated since September 2015. But it nevertheless highlights one of Android’s biggest problems — fragmentation. Google issues monthly security updates and rolls out version updates to all of its supported Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices, but these are not always released in a timely manner by manufacturers and carriers for other devices.
It’s important to keep in mind, though, that Google’s survey doesn’t account for the millions of Android smartphones in China, as the search giant only collects data from devices that access the Google Play Store. The Play Store is not available in China.
|2.3.3 – 2.3.7||Gingerbread||10||0.3 percent|
|4.0.3 – 4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||15||0.3 percent|
|4.1.x||Jelly Bean||16||1.2 percent|
*The data above is from Google. It was collected during a seven-day period ending on August 31, 2018. Any versions with less than 0.1 percent distribution are not shown.
Android’s notoriously bad fragmentation was the catalyst for Project Treble, a system-level change in Android Oreo that bypasses much of the testing currently required by manufacturers, chipmakers, and carriers. But it isn’t backward-compatible — older Android devices will remain stuck on the old upgrade cycle.
We will continue to update this post as Google updates its Android distribution figures.
Updated on September 5: Added the latest Android distribution statistics.