The August edition of the Android Distribution Report was released last yesterday and there are a fair number of positives to take away from it. For the 7 day period ending August 8, 2017, Android Nougat was on 13.5% of devices that visited the Google Play Store during that time. That is up 2% over the July report which is steady growth. Android Marshmallow was the only other version of the platform to gain usage during this month’s report. Version 6.x of Android was up to 32.3%, an increase of .5% over July.
Combined, the last two versions of Android are on 45.7% of devices hitting the play store. That’s well below what it should be for sure but it is a significant increase over the course of 2017. Still, it does speak to the challenge facing the platform and hopefully Project Treble will make an impact in 2018 on the latest version of Android being on more devices.
Looking further into the August Android Distribution Report, Android Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop all saw drops in usage, with Jelly Bean taking a 1.6% hit. Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 2.3.x (Gingerbread) continue to linger on the report, both with .7% of usage for the report but neither saw a drop for the month.
As for those of you visiting the site on your Android phones, the numbers are slightly different as they usually are each month. Interestingly, in July, 1.53% of you came to the site with Android O on your device. In August, that dropped to zero so not sure what’s going on there. Also, only Android Marshmallow and Jelly Bean saw increased over last month, with Marshmallow jumping up a whopping 18.05%.
You can read the full Android Distribution Report on the Android Developer Site.