Android's July distribution stats are in: Nougat is gaining ground, but Marshmallow is still on top

Geeks, nerds, and fans alike, the latest Android distribution stats are in!

Merely months before Android O becomes official, the preceding Android Nougat has finally leapfrogged the 10%-mark - Android 7.0 and 7.1 have been installed on a total of 11.5% of all active Android devices worldwide during the first week of July 2017. That's a neat 2% improvement over May's 9.5% Nougat distribution, and we can only expect this number to grow higher with time.

Android Marshmallow, which got released in 2015, continues its reign with 31.8% of all active Android devices running this distribution of Google's OS. That's a mere 0.6% increase over last month's stats, which is definitely telling that Marshmallow is about to plateau in the coming months and likely won't increase its distribution share that much further.

As far as previous Android releases are of any importance to us, Lollipop continues to be the second most wide-spread variation of the operating system with a total of 30.1% Android devices running the pioneer of Material Design.

Here's a snapshot of the last trimester that shows how Android's versions have grown:



1. f_u_006

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

It's fascinating how things change in a few years, I still vividly remember when more than half of distribution belonged to Gingerbread.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

There are people still on kitkat? What are they waiting for?

6. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Probably they can't afford for new phone...

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Maybe the phone that have does what they need...o__O I would likely still be using my Galaxy S3, if the apps I used were still supported under KK. They require Lollipop or above. Same with my iPhone 4 as an example. The apps I need now require iOS9, so it made my iPhone 4 obsolete. But remember, many people especially old people were using feature phones and dont need apps. So a phone that makes calls and texts is sufficient.

14. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

My old GSIII still runs quite well these days, and even on Kit Kat, it does most things you'd need it to do. It's quite amazing actually.

8. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Their Lollipop update.

12. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

They (6-10 years old) waiting their parents to upgrade so they can have new phone. Or, they (old, 70-90 years old) waiting their kid to upgrade....

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Only if all the OEMs uses stock android,fragmentation will be gone.

5. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

not that simple

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Android would be all but gone too

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

No! Much of it is related to HW.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's simply not true. Sure, devices would get updates faster, but not every phone would get an update still. Besides, not everyone is satisfied with boring, stock Android. I don't mind not having the latest Android version in lieu of the extra bells & whistles that some overlays provide.

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Thanks to the Oppo and Vivo, Marshmallow is the highest distribution. *sigh

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

QQ, QQ, ios, QQ, QQ, ios..........stop all the freaking crying, and realise the reality. Android has always been like this, and will always be.

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