Google Releases Android’s Distribution Numbers for November
Google just released the November security update and around that time we also see the platform’s official distribution numbers as well. This data was recorded during the 7-day period between November 1st and November 7th, and Google reminds us that any version of Android that doesn’t make up at least 0.1% of the platform is not represented here in this graph. Yet, we’re still seeing Android 2.2 Froyo being used by 0.1% of the people who are accessing the Play Store.
The big question here is how many people have been able to update to Android 7.0 Nougat since it was released, and now we have our answer. We’re seeing that 0.3% of the platform has received their update and are using the latest version of Android. This is big as Nougat did not make an appearance in any of the previous Android’s distribution reports. This is likely not as high of a percentage as many had hoped, but it’s a start and it will continue to grow over the next year.
Next up, we have Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which has reached 24% of the overall user base for Android. This is up from 18.7% when compared to the September reports and was to be expected with it being shipped on new phones and more Lollipop devices being updated. Android 5.x Lollipop has actually dropped from 35% in September to 34.1% in November and Android 4.4 KitKat numbers have decreased from 27.7% in September to 25.2% this month.
The numbers for Jelly Bean this month dropped again. They were sitting at 15.6% in September and are now at 13.7%. Both Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread percentages dropped as well with both of them being on 1.3% of active devices in November when they were at 1.4% and 1.5% respectively in September. So most of the changes we have seen this month were expected, but it was a surprise to see the numbers for Lollipop dropping 0.9% compared to September.Source: Android Developers