Android Oreo Now on More than 1% of Devices While Android Nougat is Finally on Top
This week, like clockwork, Google updated its Developers dashboards with the February 2018 Android platform distribution numbers. As always, they’re not 100 percent accurate, but they give a pretty good idea of where Android stands right now.
Android 8.X Oreo accounted for more than 1 percent of the active Android user base this past month, while Android 7.X Nougat took the lead as the most-used version of Android.
Oreo now accounts for 1.1 percent of all active devices, according to Google, up from 0.7 percent in January. (It might sound tiny, but considering that there are more than 2 billion active devices Android devices in the wild, that’s millions of users.)
|Android Version||January 2018||February 2018|
|Android Ice Cream Sandwich||0.5%||0.4%|
|Android Jelly Bean||5.6%||5%|
Android 7.X Nougat took the lead with a 28.5 percent share, up from 26.3 percent the previous month. It slotted right above Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which was running on 28.1 percent of devices (from 28.6 percent) queried in the report.
Next on the list is Android 5.X Lollipop, which held strong with 24.6 percent of the Android device user base (compared to 25.1 percent in January). Android KitKat paled in comparison with 12 percent (from 12.8 percent), and Android Jelly Bean fell to 5 percent (from 5.6 percent) of active devices. Android 4.0.X Ice Cream Sandwich, meanwhile, represented just 0.4 percent of Android phones and tablets in January, and Android 2.3.X Gingerbread took 0.3 percent of the market.
As always, Google’s Android distribution numbers come with a bit of a caveat: The data is only representative of devices that visited the Google Play Store during the 7-day period ending on February 5, 2018. (Any phones and tablets that were turned off during the first week weren’t counted, for example.) And Android versions that account for less than 0.1 percent of the active user base are left out, which is why Froyo isn’t in chart anymore, for example.