Monthly Android distribution numbers show Nougat in use on just .4% of Android devices

Early each month as far back as we can remember, Google releases a chart with the latest distribution numbers for its different Android builds. In the latest release dated December 2016, Android Nougat (7.0) was found on just .4% of devices powered by Google's open source OS. That is up from the .3% of Android phones that carried Android 7.0 last month. Nougat, of course, is the latest build of Android.

The new numbers for December show a very small .1% decline to 34% for Lollipop. That breaks down to 10.8% for Android 5.0 and 23.2% for Android 5.1%. Combined, the Lollipop build remains the most widely used on Android devices. Second place goes to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, currently installed in 26.3% of Android devices. Phones and tablets powered by Android 4.4 KitKat (24%), Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3 Jelly Bean (12.8%), Android 4.0.3, 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (1.2%) and Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 Gingerbread (1.2%) are next.

That leaves the previously mentioned .4% share belonging to Android 7.0 Nougat and the .1% share still owned by Froyo, Android 2.2. The latter was the first build of Android that supported the use of Adobe Flash on Android phones.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the data is based on devices visiting the Google Play Store during the seven days ended December 5th, 2016.

source: AndroidDevelopers via Droid-Life



1. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Froyo: "I ain't goin' nowhere bastards!"

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You bitch about froyo but there is one feature that exist in froyo that iPhone will never have that is to install apps on MicroSD card. That's in 2010, six years ago.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Jesus Christ...... it was a joke. I use an iPhone because I don't CARE about sd cards......don't even use them on my Android phones. You idiot seriously needs to read between the lines sometimes.

7. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Please don't compare froyo with ios.that six year old android version is still more advanced and feature rich than ios 10.even old symbian s40 phones were more feature rich and had important feature like file manager , Bluetooth file sharing , Ir port and to choose your own favourite ringtone from your music library.

16. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

No they were not, having file manager, bluetooth sharing & ir ports isn't everything.

22. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No theyre not everything but it's embarrassing that iOS can still not do basic functions.

20. Metaphyte

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2016

I don't know what iPhones you've been using but I have no problems at all in selecting a ringtone from my music library. I also have a file manager on it. I might add as well that not all Android phones have file managers on them and have to install third party apps for it.

9. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

SD cards are right up there with floppy disks. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

5. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Old froyo still has more features than lame ibuggy ios 10 . But as usual isheep will deny it.

10. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Shut up loser you don't even own an iPhone so how the f-ck would you know what it offers.

11. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

^^^Lol isheep got triggered.^^^^ you ifools hate facts.

12. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

LOL sorry kid, but I use both iOS and android, so I know more about both platforms than you. You're just a fool talking crap and fishing for +1's.

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Buggy ios 10? What? Notmal users dont use file mangers, bluetooth file sharrkng. Ios 10 has nfc support, imessage, 64 but support and dual core etc. ios 10 is better then froyo. I am able to easily imessage people in other countries without using a separate app and way better then texting. Seamlessly integrated. Just annoying when people use android

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You're arguing that a new OS is better than a 6 year old os? C'mon... And no iOS does not have nfc support because it's locked down to Apple pay only.

23. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

It works with apple pay though. And someone else was arguing froyo > ios 10

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Will are not arguing, we are just stating the fact. I am fine with iOS user but not iOS troll like kiko007. So if a person choose to use froyo for whatever reason, he/she will still have access to certain feature that will never be on an iOS. Not important feature to iOS user i get it but nevertheless till worthwhile feature for user that want it.

2. patrickf3

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

It will be a good day when Android and phone companies figure out their update schedule, so everyone get the updates at the same time.

6. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

As soon as the carriers stop meddling with the goddamn phones... Then it's up to the OEMs to stop jerking around in their support for their devices as even newly released devices are straggling.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Since Android is open source, and many OEMs rebuild it right down to the framework, essential creating a different version, that's not possible. Google releases vanilla, then LG, Samsung, HTC, etc...go to work rebuilding it. That takes time.

8. Unordinary unregistered


15. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

open source is always behind the closed, as always the adoption rate will be low as compared to ios, Android/IOS doesn't concern any one any more, android has won just like window did to mac os, They own the market share but ios are always better when it comes to money making.

17. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

Wao I am one of 0.4% Nougat users along with one of 34% Lollipop users :D

18. strikerchooooo unregistered

Well, normal for Handroid. Probably in 2018 MAYBE 20-25% will be with the new version of this java app, called android.

19. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

funny how users like me dont care for updates because they add no value to my already perfect phone... keep your android 7, I'll update by buying a new phone

24. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Moto diched moto g3 and g3 turbo from android N update these percentages are obvious... They used to be first in updates now they became s**t

25. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I understand why companies don't want to upgrade their phones Android software. They want you to buy their new phones, not for you to keep using your current phone. But even Google is creating this problem by (for the same reason) refusing to upgrade the Nexus phones to their latest Android version. There is no real reason why the 2 years old Nexus 6 cannot get the latest 7.1 version of the software. Even the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 4 hardware is capable of running ver 7.1. Just that Google is refusing to release it thinking that way people will upgrade their Nexus phones to their expensive Pixel phones. That means that if we don't want to buy their Pixels phones we have to resort to install the Crianogen version of Nougat.... Or buy iPhones so we can have the same quality & level of support that Apple iPhones have in which even the 7 years old iPhone 4 can run Apple newest & latest ver 10.1.1 software!

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