Android Lollipop stands strong, according to Google's Android distribution stats

Android Froyo finally died last month, making Gingerbread the oldest active Android version, according to Google's official stats. And while this month's numbers paint a rather boring and predictable picture, they still hide some small surprises.

Android Lollipop still stands strong as the unchallenged king among its brethren, with version 5.0 taking 9.8% of the distribution numbers, while 5.1 stands at 23.1%. With this, the grand total for Lollipop comes to 32.9%, which is a decline of 0.5% from last month.

In the meantime, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is quickly catching up with the long-reigning Lollipop monarch, and now accounts for 30.7% of Google's distribution chart. If the trend of the last three months continues, April distribution charts should crown Marshmallow as king of Android Land.

What's also exciting is that Android Nougat broke the 1% mark for the first time, with 7.0 holding 0.9%, and 7.1 – 0.3% for a total of 1.2%.

All older Android versions have suffered a decline of between 0.1% and 0.7%, compared to last month, except for the oldest one – Gingerbread – that hovers at the same 1.0% from January.

source: Android Developers via AndroidPolice

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31 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I still dont believe Marshmellow being 30%. If it wasnt for new releases by Samsung it would be much worse.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're in denial.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You are so intelligent

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So I've heard.

16. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Denial about what? I was posting my thought.

30. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Do you realize who you're talking to? that Mxy kid is an idiot who thinks his thoughts are absolute facts.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Depend how the number where calculated. Those number from google and apple only come from ppl using the google play and apple app store. So its do not represent the reality. Where i work both android and ios user only maybe 3-4 out of 10 install apps on the phone they have. most dont use any app store and only got the smartphone for thing like emails , basic gps navigation using built in app and calling or texting. So numbers for much older OS version would be much higher if we included all handset currently out there and not only app store user. I still see ppl on older iphone using the OS version thats came built in the device and a lots of them. Same thing on android even if they can update they dont. So in the end its irrelevent even more on android because you can get all the API ect directly from google wich make you able to use 99% of apps whitout having the newer OS version.

28. mikehunta727 unregistered

Um.. you don't need to install any app from the Play Store/App store for them to get OS version statistics, it is called Play Services, 90% of all Android devices run Play Services, even if they are versions behind. That's how they get most of this information

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I'm on the 0.9% with nougat installed. I'm baffled why there is still people using gingerbread.

18. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Absolutely! Even my dated One M8, that is officially not compatible with Nougat thanks to missing drivers for it's SD 801, is sporting 7.1.1. RIP Cyanogenmod.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Some dont need newer phone and older one fit them perfectly well.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Something needs to give here. I just got 7.0 on my unlocked Axon 7. For no carrier interference and near stock, that is a bloody long wait. My S7 edge is still on Marshmallow, and I have no idea when my carrier will release Nougat. That is a ridiculously long time between release by Google and update.

17. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The issue is Google releases, then the OEM, in your case Samsung, has to test it for their Hardware and software configurations. Which was finalized and launched last month. But now the Carrier has to insure their own bloatware will be optimized on the devices with the the new OS. Why it takes the carriers an additional 3-4 months to do so is beyond me. Perhaps they figured if they delay the OS updates long enough, the new device will be available with it pre-installed so you will rather just upgrade phones over the OS

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Problem is the OEM ( Axon ) for been slow and problem is from OEM and carrier ( for S7 edge ) I got LG G5 here on Canada Telus network. i got 7.0 back in november 2016... a few months after its was officially out and only 1 months after its came out for unlocked international LG G5. I am sorry if you use slow OEM and bad carrier :(

4. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Lollipop was the only major update that happened to android imo.It made the OS actually look complete by introducing the material design and notification lock screen . Marshmallow felt underwhelming, nougat seemes promising.

5. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Google should come up with a solution to update the phones without a manufacturer/carrier. Like Google could update the core android without touching the interface, themes and apps etc. For a future update they should separate the system from the user interface (apps, ui, theme etc) Like this they can update the phones straight up when new verision released.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Just so you know they already update all the API with the google play service ( wich is kind of the core of the system ) Thats why even 2.3.1 android device can use 99% of all app on the app store and why its not as important to get OS update. For security? use Bitdefender its been rated the best anti virus and malware on android with a rate of detection of 100% for all vulnerability reported ( and we know how fast they are reported for android device compared to iphone on wich they dont get reported until its patched ) and 100% virus detection as well.

29. mikehunta727 unregistered

Antivirus apps for Android devices are borderline useless and bog down slower phones to a near halt https://www.extremetech.com/computing/104827-android-antivirus-apps-are-useless-heres-what-to-do-instead Updates are extremely important and hundreds of millions of Android devices are still versions behind on updates, which bodes very badly for the security of Android's ecosystem, also anti viruses don't protect your data on your device(disk encryption, and etc) Using a anti virus on Android is the most false sense of security you could possibly feel, anti viruses don't do s**t on Android and miss a ton of vulnerabilities and holes actually

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Nougat- 1.2% KitKat- 21.9% Because logic.

7. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

It's because I'm still rocking lollipop on my galaxy note 4 while marshmallow is already out. My reason for sticking to the old chap? Way better battery backup and butter smooth performance.

8. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Marshmallow made my S5 much better

10. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Marshmallow made my brother's Exynos powered s5 perform worse.

11. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Did he do a factory reset?

14. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Yes I was the one who did the update on his phone. Flashed the first available marshmallow firmware for the s5 through Odin. I always do a clean flash and wiped the nand flash in Odin before flashing. Maybe it was due to the early version and might have had some bugs. The experience wasn't the smoothest hence reverted back to lollipop

12. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Lollipop was a mess when I first got it and I did a factory reset and it was better.....so when I got marshmallow i did the same

13. Kakarot

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

S5 exynos user here. I use Goodlock and Nova prime with my 6.0 stock Samsung rom. It's performing super smooth and multi tasks well, plus good battery backup. The only thing i lose here is the fingerprint functionality which is due to Goodlock system ui.

19. tyger11

Posts: 290; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I'm really surprised by how many people are using KitKat.

31. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I'm using kitkat 444 Rom on my S7. The very best of Android, yet till date.

21. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Is this just for phones and/or tablets? Or does it include TVs, printers, security systems and other implementations of Android? Because, you know they'll never be updated.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Funny how ppl talk whitout knowing or owning the device. i have a Sony KD-49X8005C and i receive all the android TV update very very fast like a few day to 1 week after they are out. but they dont follow same version numbers as cellphone and tablet so they cannot be compared anyway.

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