According to the Android Developer Dashboard, Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo devices now account for 4.6 percent of active Android devices. Coming in at 30.8 percent, Nougat is the reigning king with the highest API level. Meanwhile, Marshmallow — which used to hold the top spot — fell to 26 percent.
In contrast, Apple’s iOS 11, which was released in the middle of September, was installed on 65 percent of devices as of January 18.
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. And it 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 Go 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||0.4 percent|
|4.1.x||Jelly Bean||16||1.7 percent|
*The data above is from Google. It was collected during a seven-day period ending on April 16. Any versions with less than 0.1 percent distribution are not shown.
Android 8.0 Oreo saw some gains this month — with an almost 4-percent increase since February — while other Android versions decreased in share. Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat increased as well — by a little over two percent. With a 30.8-percent API level, it’s currently the most used Android operating system.
Android’s notoriously bad fragmentation was the catalyst for Project Treble, a system-level change in Android O 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 April 17: Added news that Android Oreo is installed on 4.6 percent of devices