29 October 2018
Google released its latest Android Pie version three months back, and it still doesn't show in the monthly stats. The latest Android report released by Google shows that there has been a growth in Android Oreo since September, while Android Nougat numbers are falling.
A number of smartphone OEM’s are updating their devices to the latest Oreo OS update in the mid-range and low-end segment have pushed Oreo numbers higher. Most of the new releases over the past couple of months have come with the latest Android 8.1 or 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
The other Android versions including Lollipop, Marshmallow, KitKat, and Jelly Bean have the same percentages and have shown steady growth with negligible share decrease.
Android 9 Pie is still not listed in the Android distribution numbers, which shows its negligible shares. The Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, and Nokia 7 Plus have been upgraded to the latest version. With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL released, the October numbers could see an increase.
Android Oreo 8.0 saw a jump at 14% from 13.4% and Android 8.1 at 7.5% from 5.8%. Combined Android has a 21.5% market share, and saw an increase of 2.3 points making it the second most used version of Android.
Android Nougat’s share fell slightly to 28.1% from 29.3% and remains the most popular release of the operating system. Android Marshmallow share is at 21.3%, while Lollipop is at 17.9%. Android KitKat is at 7.6% and Android Jelly Bean is at 3%. Google’s older Android Ice Cream Sandwich and gingerbread OS are at .3% and .2% respectively.