Android’s December Distribution Numbers Show Lollipop is on Top

Android’s December Distribution Numbers Show Lollipop is on Top

As we start the last month of the year, we get a look at how Android is being divided up among the current active install base (which are also visiting the Google Play Store). These stats were collected during a 7-day period that ended on December 5th, and as usual, any version of Android that is less than 0.1% of the active install base will not be shown in this graph. So let’s take a look at how things compare to last month’s distribution numbers.

Starting with the newest version of Android, we can see that 7.0 Nougat is now up to 0.4% of the active install base. This is an increase of 0.1% compared to November, and includes devices like the Pixel, Pixel XL, LG V20 (among others) and custom ROMs that are based on Android 7.0 Nougat. With so many devices in the market though, a 0.1% increase is at least 1.4 million devices. So that’s something to keep in mind.


Correction 12/7/16; 11:24AM CST

The distribution statistics on this page do NOT include the Google Pixel or Pixel XL, as both of these devices are running Android 7.1 Nougat which is on a different SDK level (25). Android 7.1 Nougat does not appear in these statistics, as the percentage of devices that have accessed the Play Store running 7.1 is less than 0.1%. What this means for the Pixel’s sales numbers are unclear.


Next up we have Android 6.x Marshmallow up to 26.3% of the active install base, which is an increase of 2.3% compared to last month. Then we have Android 5.x Lollipop, that is currently the king with 34% of the active install base, which is actually down 0.1% compared to November’s numbers. Then there is Android 4.4.x KitKat with 24% of the active install base, which saw a drop of 1.2% when compared to last month’s distribution numbers.

At the tail end we have Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3 Jelly Bean with 12.8%, which is down from 13.7% last month. Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich only has 1.2% (down a whole 0.1%), Android 2.3.x Gingerbread is at 1.2% (also down a whole 0.1%), and then Android 2.2 Froyo is still holding strong at 0.1% of the active install base. It will be interesting to see if Android Nougat will be able to beat Marshmallow’s yearly progress and hit over 26.3% by December of next year.

Source: Android Developers

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Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.