Latest Android distribution numbers kill off Froyo at long last

As usual during this time of the month, the latest Android distribution numbers have been released. And for the first time in years, the Android build known as Froyo is no longer on the chart, having died out. Froyo covered Android 2.2 and Android 2.2.3 and was launched on May 20, 2010. Last month, it was on .1% of Android phones. The data is based on the handsets that have visited the Google Play Store over the last seven days, ending January 9th.

The most widely used Android build according to the new report, is Android Lollipop which includes Android 5.0 and Android 5.1. Combining the 23.3% of handsets powered by Android 5.1, with the 10.1%  running Android 5.0, means that a leading 33.4% of Android handsets are using Lollipop at present. Marshmallow (Android 6.0) is next with 29.6% of Android handsets employing this build. With 22.6%, Android 4.4 KitKat is next. Android 4.1.x, Android 4.2.x and Android 4.3 combine to make up Jelly Bean, which is on 11.6% of Android phones. Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4, has a 1.1% slice of the Android pie. Gingerbread, which includes Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7, is next with 1%.

And that leaves the newest build of Android, Nougat. Made up of Android 7.0 (.5%) and Android 7.1 (.2%), the two combine for .7%. Nougat was officially launched on August 22nd, 2016 and updates to it have been slow going. Hopefully, when we come back and meet right here early in February, Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 will have picked up some momentum.

source: Android

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39 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Kitkat still at 22.6%? LOL

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I'm still trying to figure out where you find the humour in that statistics.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Easy. KitKat is what, four years old now? That's pretty damn amusing...... no matter how you look at it.

23. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Oh yeah, I guess that's pretty funny because some people chose to keep their old phones because it still works.

29. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't even matter, most of the new features are released through the play services and app compatibility libraries. The iFans just like to get version number bumps that cripple their phones.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your comment screams denial.

33. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes that, and it also illustrates one undeniable fact, most OEM are Not going to push updates. What you buy, is all you get, forget support.

32. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I was thinking the same, but look at marshmallow, you would think by now it would had reached at least 50%. One of the biggest problems I noticed, OEMS are allowed to sell new, package devices with old OS.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I recently bought a 6.4 with 5000mA battery running stock lollipop. Does not bother me one bit as all the app run smooth and the phone can run for 3 days under normal web surfing condition. Android is not iOS. For iOS I would never buy a device stuck on iOS 5 or 7. All iOS user should know why. Apple are actively push app developer to develop new app and upgrade their older app to the last two iOS releases.

2. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

A lot of people choose not to upgrade, so to me these numbers could be off.

7. mikehunta727 unregistered

These numbers aren't off and simple reason why, 3rd party apps you use report the OS version you are on

12. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I thought these numbers were based off of Google play reporting only.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It still does not mean that some decided not to upgrade when they could have. And not every one my have visited the app store in the last 9 days.

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

Both the Play Store and most of the actual apps you use daily that you downloaded from the Play Store... They all use Google Play Services in some way and form, you don't have to visit the Play Store, once you download the app.. It's simple data collecting

36. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"The data is based on the handsets that have visited the Google Play Store over the last seven days, ending January 9th" Going by what I read. Oh and it was 7 days not 9, my goof

38. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yes this data right here is based on who visited Play Store yes thats one way of getting people's OS version, the other simple and easy way is through the apps you downloaded from Play Store and use daily(like Facebook, Instagram, basically almost any app from Play Store also reports OS version to devs)

3. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

For the most part i hate that Android takes years to update most phones or don't update them at all, but for the ones that don't receive the updates it's better b/c it would either be useless or not fully compatible and we would have all the issues that Iphones experience

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Coz Android still works even if you dont update.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that heavily depend on manufacturers (and carriers for some part of this planet), and most of android phone in this planet is low-end, so don't expect long term update from it's maker, but at least it's stable and not updated with new bug every now and then :P and yes, it's better to stick with lollipop, because marshmallow is a trap, lol...

8. lainez21

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 31, 2014

It's not Android, its OEMs and phone carriers. They give Android a bad name.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's the sad reality of it. OEMs and carriers a screwing up Android updates, and Google can't do anything about that.

37. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, people put the blame on Google, (not say they don't need a little of it) a lot of the blame should be on the carriers.

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Nougat 0.7%!!!!!!! Hahahahahahaha......

22. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What's funny here?

26. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

At least you don't need facing serious battery drain like iOS 10.

11. kingyazid25 unregistered

What makes people not want to update?

15. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Some people may not have room on their phone to update, some just like what they are on.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Many non tech savvy user dislike changes therefore don't like update. Especially when they have bad experience on phone update.

27. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Blame OEM?

28. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Some people, like my friends, are not eager to update since they fear that their data might be lost. After all, they're just consumers using a phone and was never taught in the user manual to update.

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