Google's Android platform distribution for April 2017 shows Nougat is nearly at 5%

Android Nougat doesn't seem to be able to become Google's dominant mobile platform almost six months after its official launch. But that's no wonder considering Android Lollipop still has the largest market share on the market.

According to the data collected during a 7-day period ending on April 3, Android Nougat accounts for 4.9% market share. The smaller market share listed by Google, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich have as low as 0.9% market share each.

Even Jelly Bean, an Android version launched five years ago is used more often than Nougat, as the OS sits at 10.1%. Android KitKat and Marshmallow come next with 20% and 31.2% market share, respectively.

As mentioned earlier, Android Lollipop is still in the lead with 32% of active devices. Although Nougat market share continues to increase each month, it gains seem to be lower than expected. For example, the number of devices running Android Nougat rose 2.1 % from last month.

Hopefully, things will improve significantly in the coming months, especially that Google had already released a preview version of Android O.

source: Google



26. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That 0.4% distribution of nougat 7.1.1 is by the pixel twins and the oneplus 3/3t.

23. HumbleJ06

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Updates are nice when there are major changes to the OS. But from M to N it's not a really big a deal. There were only small changes going from Marshmallow to Nougat and most of those changes are baked into Marshmallow. The update comes when it comes and it has never been a make or break deal for me or anyone I know not having the update immediately after it's announced. If the Android OS updates were really important and a deciding factor, everyone would be buying Pixel's.


Posts: 657; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Hate to say I'm a 4%er on Nougat. The only benefit I've seen of it is in downloading pirated apps from dubious markets with virtually 0% risk of infection. KitKat was and always will be Windows XP; it was as great as it got, and as fun as it was going to be.

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I don't know why on earth there are still devices with pre-kitkat versions installed? Either upgrade or buy a new phone with newer version. /smh

16. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Never bothered upgrading. Kitkat's been fine for me as far as battery and ram management. Don't care for newer features or fancy animations that require more hard drive. Latest isn't always greatest imo.

20. Trex95

Posts: 2398; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Upgrade not only to adding new animation and features upgreds meant to fix software bugs and security.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you don't need newest android version to get bugfix and monthly security update :-/

24. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

True. At the same time, newer releases could also introduce new bugs and security vulnerabilities. Ex. Lollipop with the ram leakage. And trust me, they are always more resource heavy with more background processes running with newer iterations. It's just something from my experience to read the changelogs for bugs n relevant features and make an informed decision as opposed to blindly updating cuz it's new and just a natural progression.

11. MattPerkins1

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

The truth is Android has always been this way. The flagship phones have always been the ones who get the newer updates. The fact is if updates and security matter you don't go with Android. Android is for those who care more about the cost and specs than security and being on the newest OS version. The fragmentation and malware is the main reasons I left Android for iOS. Android OS is also far slower than iOS that's the main reason Android smartphones have better specs to make up for the speed difference of the OS's. And lately Apple is beating Android phones even on specs. Android phones also slow down quicker too.

25. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

/And lately Apple is beating Android phones even on specs./ -compared to low to mid-rangers? ah yes, of course.

8. Unordinary unregistered

Lmaooooo what a joke haha "WE HAVE 80 KAZILLION PERCENT MARKET SHARE f**k YOU APPLE FANBOYS!!" -distributed on only 5% after nearly a year-

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7677; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You like to prove how ignorant you really are. Nougat updates only started to arrive in Q1 2017. The Pixels only started shipping in November 2016. With Androids numbers it only takes a small percentage to show millions of devices. Besides some carriers take their sweet time to push out the updates. Remember Android sold almost 1.3 billion smartphones last year alone to Apple's 215 million smartphones. At the end of the day it's growing as new devices ship with Nougat and older ones are updated as well.

12. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

But hey anyone can be a basement dwelling nerd that jerks off to charts, whereas down to earth folk who barely have time to keep their phones out of 'Do Not Disturb' or airplane mode are going to be so concerned about software updates.

13. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

God damn PA breaks spectacularly...

7. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Nougat on my Moto Z Play is actually the first stock Android phone which I enjoy using. Finally has some nice features without over bloating the OS. I hope everyone gets it soon.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I still prefer Marshmallow over Nougat, though.

19. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Why though? Nougat is better is basically every way.

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Gingerbread devices are rotting on store shelves, still, even if the retail center gets heavy traffic. The Walgreens closest to me has a Samsung Proclaim from god knows when, 2012, 2013?

14. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Blame shops for keeping these phones in the back of their warehouses to go stale, or have them scanned, registered, and then kept off the rack to pretend they sold it.

17. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yup, that is just self destructive management for that particular store. :D

4. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Hold on guys! Im grabbing my popcorn

2. Nopers unregistered

Wow, big milestone. 5%

3. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

Why don't you name the people who has it... omg.. very sad..

15. Trex95

Posts: 2398; Member since: Mar 03, 2013


1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

If you still have gingerbread, hold this L.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7677; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is percentages with Android is huge numbers, period. Last quarter (Q4 2016). Android sold 354 million smartphones. This quarter it will be roughly the same or slightly lower. Nougat upgrades didn't occur until Q1 2017. Even then a number of devices are still waiting for updates, or the carriers haven't released the updates yet. However you look at it Androids numbers are very large. So even a fraction of a percentage is still millions of devices. Android is now the most widely used web browsing platform. It even more used than Windows. Microsoft themselves are supporting Samsungs new S8.

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