Since it’s launch last year, Android nougat has struggled to gain market distribution just like any other Android version has over the past years. The Google Pixel had it from the start and several devices from the likes of HTC, Motorola, Sony and LG have had their nougat updates as well yet by the end of January, Nougat 7.0 and 7.1 combined were only present on a mere 1.2% of Android devices.
February, however, brought a big change in those numbers. The latest Android Distribution Numbers for March 2017 (which represent data from the previous month) show Android Nougat to have a combined 2.8% share of the Android Pie.. This is more than double of what it previously had in almost 6 months since launch in August of 2016. And this 1.6% gain comes in the shortest month of the year. So yes, this is huge.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge weren’t the only smartphones to get updated to Nougat last month though. Moto G4 and G4 Plus along with the Huawei Honor 6X too got updated as did a few more devices. A lot many devices might also have gained Nougat via unofficial sources – custom ROMs. But it is safe to say a big chunk of this rise in Nougat’s market share goes to the most popular Android flagships from Samsung.
Nougat is still far behind some other Android versions however and wasn’t the only version of Android to gain market. Android 6.0 Marshmallow went up from 30.7% to 31.3%.
Android lollipop’s combined share went slightly down from 32.9% to 32.5% but it still managed to remain the number one Android version when it comes to market share. At this pace however, Marshmallow seems on pace to overtake Lillipop in the next couple of months.
Kitkat also lost some share and fell from 21.9% to 20.8% in the last month. Jellybean’s combined share went down from 11.3% to 10.6%. Gingerbread and Ice cream sandwich both maintain their 1% market share.
The Android market hasn’t changed a lot in the last month, and it is quite expected at this point because when does it ever. It’s a slow game. But it is nice to see Android nougat actually rising up the ladder rather than crawling its way to the top. As more and more devices are launched with Android nougat out of the box we can only expect more rise in numbers, especially with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Is your device among the lucky 2.8% ? What do you think about your brand new OS?