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Android distribution numbers show Nougat climb, Oreo make an appearance

The monthly Android Distribution list is always fun to look at. It's an important list for developers who need to know which software version they should target and which features it makes sense to include in their application. It's also fun for us nerds to just appreciate how big and diverse Android really is.

The latest numbers are out, and Android 8.0 Oreo has made its first appearance. It only holds 0.2% of the active Android install base, but if we extrapolate that out over the 2 billion active Android devices, that could be as many as 40 million devices on Oreo. That's a lot of Pixels, Nexus phones and Sony Xperia XZ1's.

Marshmallow still holds the most users with 32% of the Android market, with Lollipop trailing it with 27.7%. Nougat gained 2 percentage points in market share since last month, and now holds 17.8%. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are still around with 0.6% each.

If past years are any indication, we still have about six months before Oreo starts picking up steam. This usually happens when the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series get updated and altogether new devices begin launching with Oreo as the de facto OS.

Which version of Android are you using? Let us know down below!

  • OK Google, it's time. As of Jan 2018, anything 4.x and below should no longer get access to Google services.
  • Indeed!
  • Thats pretty harsh to people who owns older OS and pretty much satisfied with their devies. Why punish them when its Google's and OEMs fault that they can't meet your nerdy demand.
  • I think household is more up-to-date then ever. The Nexus 9 is on 7.1.1, the Honor 8, Huawei P10+ and MediaPad T3 are all on 7.0. Just waiting for that Oreo update to come!
  • Stuck with Marshmallow but I'm in no rush to upgrade my phone. "32% of the Android market" is a safe leeway for app support.
  • I love messing with android phones, but this is pathetic. Seriously, you have to have an absolute hatred of apple to put up with this.
    I love how android people are like " I don't need the update, my phone be just fine" as if they have to convince themselves that getting new features each year isn't a good thing. Keep lying to yourself to validate that purchase.
    Here is another thing, if 8.0 doesn't have ONE single feature that you WANT. that is even More sad.
    that means google is doing a TERRIBLE job with android OS.
    Apple has more 5 year old iPhone 5S's running the Latest OS (iOS 11) than android has running 4.4, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 7.0, 7.1 and 8.0 combined.
    .2% .... is that like 7 phones total in the entire world?
    Sorry, but when I spend $949 (note 8 price on AT&T) on a phone, it better have the LATEST OS and security updates within 3 minutes of getting it out of the box.
    Ok. I am done. down-vote the truth.
  • Incorrect. Apple does not have more iPhone 5Ss running any version of iOS than Androids running versions 4.4 or greater. Android outsells iOS about 4 to 1 worldwide. Otherwise, Apple would have monopoly status and would have gotten a monopoly lawsuit from the EU some time ago. BTW, some people are waiting for Xposed to be ported officially to Nougat then Oreo.
  • Some people don't care, and that's perfectly fine for them. You seem to desperately want them to care though, why I have no idea.
  • Exactly. The only reason my girlfriend is no longer happy with her M powered S5 is because of the cracked display and damaged camera elements. The software still does EVERYTHING she needs it to do for her. The same basically went for my boss moving from his Note 3 to an S8. The hardware was giving him issues (slow CPU, less RAM, etc) but all he does is text, call and take photos. Hell KK can handle that. And we are talking OS and not security patches to be clear.
  • You forgot to mention that 5 year old iPhones can't take advantage of all the new features of the latest iOS release. So other than being able to brag about an old phone running the latest software, it really doesn't mean anything.
  • It can't take advantage of all new features, but still enjoys many of them. Not to mention security patches. How many 4-year-old Android phones are still getting OTA OS updates, let alone security patches? That's right. None.
  • One phone running O, three running M and one that I have given up on running L. Also an iPhone SE running iOS 11.0.1 the same day that it came out. Google needs to take control of the OS updates, OEMs could still put their skins on top of Android to differentiate their products.
  • I was in my local computer shop the other day and they are still selling android tablets running Lollipop FFS.
  • Out of the reported 2 billion Android devices, tens of millions don't have the Google Play Store installed (e.g. Amazon tablets, chinese phones) and thus aren't actually a part of this breakdown.
  • This is why I'll always have a phone that's rootable,and rommable(my own word). When the mfgr gives up, I can extend the update life of the os, sometimes up to 3 years. I'm on the latest version of nougat, through putting a nougat rom(7.1.2), and can fairly say I may get Oreo. Not bad for a phone that was released with lollipop. Ll
  • The corporate world what, only recently started moving away from Windows XP or 7? I'm amazed at why Android does not have a simple plug in interface kind of solution for OEM's.... Where Android can be updated, and there is zero problem connecting it to whatever variance OEM's add. Granted, I haven't a clue... I'm no software engineer lol.... Maybe the correct description would be to say that Android isn't easily scalable? The ending of supported OS upgrades is also, undeniably, a form of cohersive hardware upgrades forced on consumers. I should be able to name whatever paradigm changing features are in Android 8 that I can't possibly live without, that are missing on 5.... But of course, that is because there aren't any game changing features. The chart gives a false indication many Android users resist upgrading OS... Most can not upgrade because an upgrade wasn't made for their phone model. Remarkable... What other industry would consumers put up with only 2 years support? Imagine buying a vehicle, but being told spare parts were only available for up to two years after purchase.
  • Spare parts is not a valid analogy. One can still get replacement batteries and other parts for old smartphones. OTOH, I've owned network Routers that were very limited in the updates they got. A Belkin router my dad owned had a hardcoded list of NTP servers, there was never an update to allow submitting a server not on the list (e.g. and every server on the list eventually became unavailable. I'm not sure my Zmodo security DVR ever got an update. My Holux GPSlim236 got one update, but I don't think it was updatable without sending it to the manufacturer — at least I didn't seem to be affected by the bug it fixed. I wish that Google made available a separate but similar chart that only included Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets. That would be a much more valid comparison to any corresponding iOS chart.
  • Lmao, Nexus and Pixel owners are fundamentalist Android nuts.... And that's ok.... Pixel knows their market.... Sell a very average spec phone at the high end of the mid tier peer group, but ensure it has the quickest Android updates because Lord knows, it matters when you are reading a book through Google play, listening to music on YouTube or iTunes (yes, I said iTunes... Great on Android), or on Facebook.... They just can't obsess enough over dragging down OS menus from top of the screen lol... C'mon... We know you think it matters... But it doesn't to anybody else.... Rest of Android users care about just having a great phone. But.... Let's see if the merged google and HTC brains dethrone Samsung.... Hmmm, I think it will take some 18:9 magic to do it. If you could get Pixel OS update speed in a Samsung.... That would be Nirvana for everybody.
  • Not going to bother with Oreo, The best/significant android releases seem to skip two letters- Donut, Gingerbread, Jelly Bean, Marshmallow, therefore PinkiePie should be good!
  • KitKat wasn't significant?
  • I'd have to look.... 20 years of owning cell phones bro.... Do I honestly care about button shading, etc, in an OS? No. And you won't care about KitKat vs Oreo ten years from now. I know my Apple //e was cool... The jump from 300 baud to 1200 baud Hates modem was a big deal... But in grade four, mom was still annoyed I'd tie up her landline for 20 minutes downloading a floppy disc sized game from a peer to peer BBS. (I told my buddy Anand Ablack in grade three.... 'it would be so cool if you could get tv video on a computer... As we hooked up a phosphorus green scree apple //e monitor through a cable RF modulator.) Windows was a nice jump from DOS.... Yeah, we owned version 1 DOS... Then the rapid improvements in desktop resolution.. Hell, if you exceeded 50 texts on an old Erikson cell, your mobile provider would nail you... Smaller messages than Twitter... Three letters per button, analog, and we liked it... The Palm smartphone was amazing... OK, get my point? You 20 somethings will be me in 20 years.... And only then will you understand.... Android whatever the hell it is this year.... Just doesn't matter. Anyone over age 40 laughs at annual annual smartphone progression in 2017... Hell, my families landline didn't change in 7 years.... And nobody died because it didn't, lol. Yes, I understand why upgrades happen.... Software Engineers justifying their jobs and selling change in OS for the sake of change.... The hardware.... Sure.... Competition over billions of $, and two year mobile contract cycles.
  • I'm right there with you. It's fun to see the changes with each OS iteration, but as long as security patches are updated the previous versions work just fine. Even my Nexus 5, sans security patches, is still a great phone that does everything I need. It's just no longer my daily driver mostly cause the battery is worn out. I used it for over three years, though. Also, because I'm aging I chose to upgrade to a bigger screen. I'll use my Pixel XL for at least three years, too.
  • Lol I honestly didn't care on what you were blabbering about. Was just curious about KitKat's significance 'coz I have a tablet that's forever stuck with 4.4.
    Switch to decaf, bub. :D
  • My S7 Edge is on 7.0. Imagine Samsung will just go straight to 8.0 and skip 7.1.0.
  • Android M 'Marshmallow' is my current, future and only OS I'll have for my Priv. :P
  • I have KitKat on my HTC One S, Marshmallow on my Nexus 5, Nougat on my Nextbit Robin, and Oreo on my Pixel XL.
  • My Moto E4 is running Nougat 7.1.1 like a champ.
  • Updates aren't a big deal for me personally
    I always prefer to have the version of android that releases with the phone
    So I upgrade to the new phone and get the new version
    I don't trust the new version to not brick my phone
  • I have one olllld device on KitKat, but I rarely use it. I don't worry too much about security for it because it barely gets used for anything other than playing music, which I don't think will infect my device with malware. My daily driver is a Nexus 6P with Oreo, and the little cheapie phone I use to run with is a Moto E 2nd gen that is on Marshmallow. it too is just a glorified music player with fitness apps.
  • Lol,I'm too harsh on Android... Google is excellent. But more than a few Pixel nuts who will, yes they will, learn to love an 18:9 phone... The bigger Pixel 2 tomorrow has an 18:9 screen.