Latest Android distribution numbers show Nougat's progress is too slow before Android O arrives

Google has just updated the Android distribution figures for the month of August, and things aren't that great considering a new version of the OS is just around the corner.

Every month we got used to seeing Android Nougat increasing its market share, even if just for a little bit, while the older versions of the OS have fewer and fewer users.

Unfortunately, the pace with which Nougat is gaining ground will not be enough to allow it to start its reign over the other Android versions before a new one is announced.

For obvious reasons, Android O will start eating Nougat's market share the moment companies like Samsung, Google, Lenovo, HTC, and Sony will start updating their flagships to the latest version of Android.

The numbers released today by Google show that Nougat and Marshmallow are still on the rise by 2% and 0.5%, respectively. The rest of the Android versions still on the market have had their market share dropped by a few percent.

Android Lollipop is now at 29.2% market share, while KitKat dropped at 16%. Finally, Jelly Bean (7.6%), Ice Cream Sandwich (0.7%) and Gingerbread sit at the bottom of the ranking.

source: Google



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The downside to being so diverse, open, and available to so many OEM's. Androids gift is its curse. Oh well...I only buy high end, and they tend to launch with the latest, or an update off.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Pretty much that. Android placates to two spectrums, the developing and developed world. Those who see smartphones as a commodity and a basic means of utility will buy cheaper software that gets the job done, but doesn’t have a great deal of emphasis placed on support. Higher end market consumers ship with the latest revision of the software usually, and often feature more extensive 1st and third party support. There’s choices and compromises based on those choices. Even most “entry” models of the iPhones are out of my developing worlds budget and the ones they can afford, are super dated and often are ripe with performance issues. Ultimately, I think it all equalizes out, when we put these differences into prospective.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well considering 1.3 billion Android smartphones sold last year, and 630 million Android smartphones sold this year. That's almost 261 million Android smartphones that are now running the latest Android Nougat.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Very true, darkk. Android OEM handsets are packed with the latest and greatest features (for the most part), and the OS allows for a whole lot to be done, but having the the latest update is a problem for many. Speaking of updates, I just got the Nokia 6, and I love it. The overall performance is smooth, and the build quality is phenomenal. Nokia/HMD has also been great with the speedy security patches, on par with Google and BlackBerry, so far. They've promised an update policy of about 2 years for their handsets for full OS updates. Nougat on the Nokia 6 has been great so far. I'm definitely getting the Nokia 8 when it drops.

5. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Sounds awesome MG. It totally helps that Nokia's using stock Android for their devices too. And Blackberry uses "near stock" if I'm not mistaken as well.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nokia has come back strong bro. Gotta give them credit.

10. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Absolutely. I't's always nice to see a good come back story. And I hope they keep it rolling that way.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014


12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely. I'm enjoying the Nokia 6.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Glad you like it bro. That's what we work for. Tech out my dude

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Oh, yeah. I bust my @$$ at my job day in and day out, as I'm sure you do as well, so it's only right that we get to enjoy the fruits is our labor.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrrr.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gonna check that out right now!

23. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's nice to be gone for a while and come back here and see people properly discussing tech. Regarding the Nokia 6, I would like to know how it goes for you after a few weeks, that's one of the phones I'm planning to buy this year.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's always great to see that here. Most definitely will let you know. So far, so good. The only issue (which really isn't an issue) that I've been having is that I'm so used to typing on physical keyboards. I have to get used to typing on all glass again as far as smartphones are concerned.

27. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That wont be a problem for me, I haven't used a physical kb in a phone for ages. Yet, I want a BB KEYone really bad, sadly it isn't officially available here in our country, and importing it will cost only a bit less than getting a new Galaxy S8.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Where you been man?

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Been busy at work, also was studying a new programming language at home, then I watched all 3 seasons of The Flash. LOL

17. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Mark my words that only techies on tech sites care about updates. The rest only care about camera quality or brand name of the phone.

20. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Don't forget the endless budget options available as well, and most of the OEM's struggle to make a profit so they don't have the money to spend on updating old and inexpensive devices.

4. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

A lot of people I talk to don't even know what version of Android they are running. As long as their phone works they seem to be good with it as is. With not enough demand by the mainstream, the OEM's as well as the carriers aren't going to be to quick to spend the money on upgrading each devices firmware to the latest. If everyone started buying factory unlocked Pixels directly from Google - for that reason, oh how the OEM's would change their tune regarding updates. That said, there's not much one can expect on the entry level front though. You get what you pay for, and continued software development for cheaper devices could add costs that the Manufacturers might not recoup - unless they charged more.

9. Deadeye37

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I have my fingers crossed that my Moto X Pure will get Nougat (I swear they said that this has already been released in some places). However, Once my warranty is up on it, I plan on rooting it and getting a custom ROM on it.

11. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Too slow? I would say it is what it is. I would assume that consumers buy the phone that best suits their needs and the people who find updates important have a phone that they know will get updated.

19. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Why are these articles still a thing? The majority of Android users out there care as much about what Android version they're on as Apple users care about the walled-garden. The only people who really bring these things up are the fan-boys on an opposing side, Cosmin V.

21. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Personally I still have 2 Kit Kat devices in use, 1 Lollipop, 1 Marshmallow, and 3 Nougat. I'm still using my 2012 Note 10.1 to watch videos on, it's got great sounding front facing speakers and runs fine minus a few of the newer apps and some website lag. New devices are updated, old ones are not, no reason to toss them just because they don't have the latest version of Android. The more old Android devices in the wild still functioning the more fragmented Android will appear. The fragmentation won't go away.

22. mikehunta727 unregistered

I'd love for Google to break Android down in more core pieces that can be updated easier vs the method atm

24. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Which is worse: Outdated OS on a phone people in 3rd world can afford; Only current OS but un-affordable? One leaves you 4 years behind technologically. The other leaves you 10+ years behind.

26. TerryD

Posts: 554; Member since: May 09, 2017

Its not like O is going to be released and then all of a sudden its available on every device. Update of N is slow because you just cant get it. From my experience you buy an Android and it has a version installed. You'll most likely get an update to the next version withing a year. Beyond that, write off any hopes of further updates. iOS on the other hand, you get updates for about 4 years but after each one your device slows down to the point where you get keyboard lag of 5 seconds when trying to type anything in.

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