As expected, Google has published the Android distribution numbers for this month. The company recently rolled out the monthly security update for Nexus and Pixel devices. It also published the security bulletin details earlier in the month, but OTA updates have started rolling out today. So, now after releasing most of the information, Google finally updated Android distribution numbers for the seven day period ending on September 11, 2017.
As most of you know, the distribution numbers are based on active Android devices that have logged into the Play Store during the 7-day data accumulation period. This information gives us an idea about the number of active Android devices and their OS versions. According to September's distribution numbers, Android 7.0 Nougat is slowly picking the pace and is now running on 15.8% devices, which is a 2.3% increase from last month's 13.5%. Apparently, Nougat is the only version that has registered growth on this month's chart. Others are on a downslide compared to last month.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow lost 0.1% this month and is now running on 32.2% of active Android devices in comparison to 32.3% last month. Similarly, Android 5.0 Lollipop has also dropped to 28.8% from 29.2% in August. The last big contender on the list is Android 4.4, which is now running on 15.1% devices in comparison to 16% last month.
Rest of the versions
Well, that's how major Android distribution numbers look like for September 2017. Other versions like Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 Jelly Bean still constitute 6.9% of total active devices. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is still on 0.6% (down from 0.7% in August) while Android 2.3 Gingerbread dropped to 0.6% this month from 0.7% in August.
Long way for Oreo!
Google recently released Android 8.0 Oreo and it looks like there will be a long road for it to cover on the distribution chart. Android 7.0 Nougat released in 2016, is still struggling to make its mark on the distribution chart that is still dominated by Marshmallow and Lollipop.
While Android 8.0 Oreo brings a slew of improvements to the ecosystem but not many Android users will be able to get it anytime soon.