Newest Android distribution numbers show Oreo in use by more than 5% of devices

Newest Android distribution numbers show Oreo in use by more than 5% of devices
Google has just introduced its new Android platform for smartphones, but the new OS won't be released until later this year. Even so, the previous version, Android Oreo isn't used by a large audience, which was to be expected if you look back at how things evolved in the last couple of years.

Last month Google confirmed Oreo is on 4.15% of the Android devices, and this month, for the first time since its market release, Android O's market share is above 5%, although not by much.

The numbers show a 1% increase for Android Oreo in just a month, which isn't much. However, we can safely assume Oreo will continue to expand in the coming months at an even quicker pace. For the time being, Google reports Android 8.0 and 8.1 combined account for 5.7% market share.

Android Nougat continues to top the hierarchy with 31.1%, followed by Marshmallow with 25.5% and Lollipop with 22.4%. The top ends with Android Jelly Bean (4.3%), Ice Cream Sandwich (0.4%), and Gingerbread (0.3%).

The numbers published by Google have been collected during a 7-day period ending on May 7, so they're as accurate as it gets. Also, Android Froyo doesn't show up in the statistics since it has less than 0.1% market share now.

source: Google

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24 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Lets see how Treble affect this. Big manufactures 'might' embrace 3 years worth of updates for their flagships but I doubt their sub $200 smartphones will get any TLC. The world relies on the poor and yet it only cares for the rich... Oh well... Whatever! G'Day!

2. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

It’ll shave weeks, maybe a month off at best.

4. applesnapple93

Posts: 317; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

May update kill anyone elses batter life with a pixel 2 xl?

3. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Treble seems to be so terrible. Android fragmentation is so deep and unavoidable.

5. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

now all Oreo 8.1 will go for Beta iP

6. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

They always release these inflated numbers after the Galaxy s series is released. Would be interesting to see the number only including updates from previous versions of android.

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 732; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

The numbers get released every single month, so that's clearly wrong.

7. gamehead unregistered

That's terrible

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Google has got to do something about this. That’s plain terrible.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not really, all Android apps are updated through the Google Play Store so pretty much all apps currently on Android phones are more up to date right now than pretty much all iOS devices which have to wait for iOS releases for system app updates. Second, most new APIs are available through the compat library for developers as well. Google has done pretty well to mitigate the damage from slow updates for the most part and Treble should finally bring that last issue to a close as well. Most iOS devices do not even get the full feature set and usually get throttled after updates so hopefully Google does not follow in Apple's footsteps update wise.

20. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

That makes the apps bloat valuable internal storage even more. Most app developers don't even opt for the split APK option, and as a result, the binaries get twice as big as necessary. Android and its PlayStore are such a mess.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Firstly, source that because that is basically conjecture. Also, the app doesn't get any more bloated because of anything I said, the app will be bloated if it is bloated. Having them update through the play store doesn't make them any worse than having them in a system level update. Also, most of the major OEM developers use split APK options. Samsung, LG, Moto, etc. (whoever else has developer resources) have stated those options and more for APK size reduction and so it can be assumed at least that they themselves employ those options.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS? Why bring iOS up?

9. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This is pathetic to be honest. This coming from an Android user.

11. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

What's the big deal,am sure only Smartphone enthusiasts on this and other forums really gives a hoot..personally am cool with anything Marshmallow and up..as long as it's stable..

12. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 732; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Agreed.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Fragmentation. Security. Planned obsolescence. Not getting new OS features. Just a few reasons.

15. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 732; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Exactly. Things that your average smartphone buyer doesn't know or care about.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You got a poll of things average smartphone buyers care about?

24. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 732; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Sure did. Glad you asked.

21. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

The overall app quality suffers thereby, and it DOES matter.

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Google should forbit them to bring phones with previous version after Xmas.

16. merafly

Posts: 1; Member since: May 09, 2018

What about KitKat? XD

19. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

5% ROFL. Does it matter?

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