January’s Android Distribution Numbers Show Marshmallow Passing 29%, Froyo Pushed Off the Chart
We’re close to half way through January, and Google has just published the Android distribution numbers for the 7-day period ending on January 9, 2017. The big news this month is that Froyo has finally been pushed off the chart completely.
This doesn’t mean it’s 100% dead, as Google reminds us that they simply remove any versions with less than 0.1% distribution for that particular time frame.
Oddly enough, this means that Froyo could reclaim it’s 0.1% share next month if enough devices check the Play Store during the designated time. This is unlikely to happen but there it’s still a possibility. This month we also learn that Android 7.x Nougat is close to reaching the 1% mark, with 0.5% using 7.0 and 0.2% using 7.1. Then we have the Android 6.0.x Marshmallow release which was able to reach a total of 29.6% of the active devices this month.
Going further back we can see all of Lollipop has now reached 33.5%, making it the most used version of Android today. This is split up between Android 5.0 with 10.1% of the market and Android 5.1 with 23.3%. Right behind that is Android 4.4.x KitKat, as it is currently used by 22.6% of the market. This is actually down from 24% last month, so it seems like KitKat is currently on the decline in terms of active devices.
As we wrap things up, Jelly Bean is still being used by 11.6% of the active smartphones and tablets right now, which is down from 12.8% last month. Ice Cream Sandwich is holding strong at 1.1% and we also have Gingerbread with 1% of the total active devices too. It will be interesting to see if Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are able to stay alive as long as Froyo did. We saw these two distributions drop 0.1% and 0.2% respectively, so next month could bring us closer to their demise as well.Source: Android Developers