Let’s all have a moment of silence for a dearly departed friend, Android Froyo.
Google has just released the latest Android Platform Report and the nearly 6 year old Froyo is no longer on the report. The report is based on devices that came to the Google Play Store for the week ending January 9, 2017. While certainly not a definitive resource when it comes to the Android install base, it is a solid resource that gives some great insights to just what versions of Android are out there and in use. The news for Nougat is that installs still remain low. The latest version of Android only accounted for .7% of the devices hitting the store, miles behind Marshmallow at 29.6% and even further behind leader Lollipop, which sits at 33.4% of visitors. Still, that Nougat number is a .3% increase over last month but equally, Marshmallow jumped up 3.3% for the report. For the rest of the versions, numbers declined.
Android Lollipop dropped .6% to 33.4% while KitKat had the biggest drop of 1.4% to 22.6%. Jelly Bean dropped to 11.6%, down from 12.8%, Ice Cream Sandwich dropped .1% to 1.1% and finally, the now quite crusty Gingerbread release dropped to 1%.
For a version of Android to not make this report, the numbers had to drop below .1% and once it is gone, it’s gone for good. But, based on that figure, you can see that Gingerbread is likely going to be sticking around a while unless there is a massive update of Gingerbread devices in the next few months. Overall the report is pretty good news in that the two latest builds of the mobile OS are
gaining in share while the older versions are declining, even if Lollipop, for now, is the most installed version.
As for ClintonFitch.com, as is the norm, the numbers are quite a bit different. Here is a rundown of what I saw from visitors like you for the same reporting period ending January 9th in order of the top percentages
- Marshmallow: 51.79%
- Nougat: 27.39%
- Lollipop: 11.36%
- KitKat: 5.08%
- Jelly Bean: 1.63%
- All Others: 2.75%
You can read the full report from Google on the Android Developer site.