After pretending October didn’t exist — no Android distribution numbers went out last month — Google has revealed Android Nougat’s debut distribution percentage. Unsurprisingly Nougat falls at just 0.3 percent, which makes sense since apart from the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, almost every existing Nexus device and some Moto G4s, everyone is still waiting for some nougat love. The only other really noteworthy change came from Marshmallow, which surged 5.3 points to 24% of total devices.
As such, it seems by the next month Marshmallow will finally dethrone Kitkat as the most popular version of Android and look how quickly that will have happened.It seems like just 2 years since Kitkat was launched. Oh, it actually launched TWO YEARS ago!
Nougat’s 0.3% debut in 2 months isn’t all bad when you consider it took Marshmallow until February to reach 1%. Hopefully Nougat will fare much better due to an early developer preview this year. Samsung is already starting Nougat beta test for its current flagships from November 9thand the updates should begin rolling out in January next year, so that will be a huge boost since the S7 and S7 Edge are the best selling android devices.
Other distribution numbers include Lollipop dropping to 34.1 percent, down from 35 percent, KitKat down to 25.2 percent from 27.7 percent, Jelly Bean down to 13.7 percent from 15.6 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich to 1.3 percent from 1.4 percent and Gingerbread hitting 1.3 percent from 1.5 percent last month.
Oh and Froyo somehow still remains on the list, taking up just 0.1 percent of Android’s distribution.
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September’s numbers can be viewed here.