Google has released Android distribution numbers for January, revealing a not so significant bump in the number of Android devices running Nougat and the disappearance of Android 2.2 Froyo, falling below the 0.1 percent line that it managed to maintain for ages. Although still under one percent, Nougat almost doubled in usage. Increasing only a tenth of a percentage point from December, 7.0 Nougat is now at 0.5%. Meanwhile, 7.1 with API level 25 makes an entry at 0.2%.
With the absolute latest version of Android only available on the Nexus and Pixel line, it’s safe to assume that Google devices make up the majority of those numbers. Next month’s Nougat percentage will likely gain a significant boost with the expected arrival of 7.0 for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Meanwhile nearly 30% of devices are now running on Marshmallow, up from 26% this time last month, a healthy gain in the world of android, making Android 6.0 the biggest single version number (6.0), but all builds of Lollipop combined are still larger sitting at a total of 33.4%.
The distribution data is based on Android devices that accessed the Play Store in a seven-day period ending January 9th. Here’s a short one-minute video that maps every single major and minor Android version release on a timeline and you’ll quickly notice a few things as you go through it. Google was committed to Android 2.3 for quite a while with several small version updates that are still registering on the version distribution charts to this day.
You may also notice how Google sped up the iterative process after Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich shifting it’s focus towards bringing new features to the OS. Since Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google began reserving the desert names only for big version updates. For instance, 5.x is Lollipop, 6.x is Marshmallow, and now 7.x is Nougat while earlier, 4.1 was still Ice Cream sandwich, 4.2 and 4.3 were Jellybean, and 4.4 was Kitkat.
The new naming scheme makes it a bit easier to distinguish between the versions.