State of Android update: Nougat gains, Lollipop still on top

Android Nougat has more than doubled its market share since last month – unfortunately, that still means its below 3% for v7.0 and v7.1 combined. The MWC saw many Nougat-powered devices, so expect v7.x to pick up speed thanks to affordable but capable devices like the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 and the Moto G5 and Plus.

Surprisingly, Marshmallow also gained ground, it went up from 30.7% to 31.3%. That goes to show that Androids are still being sold with the penultimate major version. Marshmallow is now within 1 percentage point of Lollipop, which remains the most popular release.

We guess the two will swap places next month but it will be many more months before Nougat catches up to even KitKat (v4.4 still powers over a fifth of Android devices).

VersionCodenameAPIDistribution2.3.3 –
2.3.7Gingerbread101.0%4.0.3 –
4.0.4Ice Cream Sandwich151.0%4.1.xJelly Bean163.7%4.2.x175.4%4.3181.5%4.4KitKat1920.8%5.0Lollipop219.4%5.12223.1%6.0Marshmallow2331.3%7.0Nougat242.4%7.1250.4%

Speaking of versions older than Marshmallow, they all lost market share so at least we can be fairly sure v5.x and below arent selling much.