According to the latest distribution numbers from Android Developer Dashboard, Lollipop still remains the Android version most devices are running. About 34.1 percent of all Android devices run this version. On the other hand Android Marshmallow now runs on 24 percent of all Android devices. This is the first time Marshmallow gotten past 20 percent.

The latest version of Android, Nougat, has not been widely adapted. This is despite the fact that it has been available since the end of August. It is shocking that to date only 0.3 percent of Android device run this newest version. This is in contrast to Apple’s iOS 10 which was released in the middle of September but has so far managed to make its way to 60 percent of devices.

The above is a common problem that has been prevalent with Android devices. Manufactures and carriers of Android devices do not release updates to their devices in a timely manner. This is despite the fact that Google issues monthly security updates and rolls out version updates to all of its supported Nexus and Android One devices. The adaption rate of Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update was better than any of Android’s newer versions.

It does not come as a surprise that there are more devices running Android Gingerbread than Google’s latest operating system. If Google manages to see to it that the Pixel smartphones are widely adopted then it will be able to experience huge numbers of devices running on the latest operating system. It is expected that the Nougat numbers will continue to increase as newer devices are released and manufactures and carriers begin to push updates.

Version Codename API Distribution
2.2 Froyo 8 0.1%
2.3.3 – 2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 1.3%
4.03 – 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 1.3%
4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 4.9%
4.2.x Jelly Bean 17 6.8%
4.3 Jelly Bean 18 2%
4.4 Kit Kat 19 25.2%
5.0 Lollipop 21 11.3%
5.1 Lollipop 22 22.8%
6.0 Marshmallow 23 24%
7.0 Nougat 24 0.3%


The above data was collected during a seven day period ending on 7th November, 2016. Note that any versions running on less than 0.1 percent of Android devices are not shown.


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