Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

Each month Google publishes a chart that offers us an overall image over the various versions of Android and how are they distributed among users. The chart for the month of November, published earlier today, paints a not so encouraging picture for Android.

Even though it made its debut on the market back in August, the latest version of Android hasn't been adopted by too many smartphone companies. Currently, only 0.3% of the devices that visited the Google Play Store in early November were running Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

The situation won't improve by much since HMD and Huawei are the ones that will offer Android 8.0 Oreo updates for some of its smartphones by the end of the year. Things might get better at the beginning of 2018, as more companies will start pushing Oreo updates to devices already available on the market.

The rest of the chart shows a slight increase of Android Nougat in comparison with the last month's numbers, while Marshmallow and Lollipop market shares dropped slightly. You can find the full list of Android versions and their corresponding distribution numbers in the picture attached.

source: Google



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Android in smartphone is like Windows in PC, I'm still using Windows XP in my office

2. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You can do that because XP still gets the job done.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And even without further windows updates, you'll still safe as long as you didn't do anything stupid

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android is the same. Unless you do something stupid. Also you can still use the vast majority of apps from older versions of Android. Besides in Canada Google hasn't shipped any Pixel 2 XL's yet. The same is true in other countries as well.

4. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Stay on anything but windows 10 and you are safe. It’s been a nightmare.

6. Xilam unregistered

Gingerbread has more units than Oreo? Ouch.

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Oh my god, and people still buy Android phones!!!!!

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Seriously, are you dumb, stupid or slow? Like it or not, millions of people will continue to buy android phones because when it comes to prices, consumers are covered across the board from dirt cheap to top shelf expensive.

9. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Anything above KitKat and am cool with it,never been bothered about having the latest and long as it's stable then am good to go..

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Wow. Lots of KitKat phones out there. That surprises me. The lollipop numbers also surprise me, as almost all phones made in the last 18-24 months come with 6.X installed. I just have to think the Gingerbread/Ice Cream Sandwich numbers are people like me who turn on an old phone every once in a while, and attempt to update apps. It never goes well. My Nexus S can't update anything because it's out of space. It's running the stock build of Android that came OTA.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1671; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm still running my Galaxy S4 as a wifi-only device. No apps on it, but I use the alarm on it, infared blaster. i think the S4 on Verizon got to Lollipop? It's from 2013 so... 3 or 4 versions back. If anything, it just means those devices running Gengerbread are old AF - so kudos to them for still surviving and working.

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