According to latest statistics, android noughat ranked second, with Marshmallow being on top. On the other hand, Gingerbread, and Ice cream sandwich have stayed same on the chart as compared to the previous year. Oreo saw a tiny 0.2% increase, however, is expected to see a bigger growth very soon. From all this, Gingerbread is barely holding its existence, however, Noughat witnessed a great jump.
As per the official stats from Google, Android seems to be progressing the right way. Both Nougat and Oreo have witnessed an increase in installations. Rest of the Android OS have either stayed in the same position or gone down. Noughat has seen a higher growth as compared to Oreo. Oreo saw a 0.2% increase, but this small growth isn’t a big issue. It is expected that this percentage will hike when big players like LG and Samsung roll out Oreo update, somewhat around in the next month or so.
Although Nougat has seen 3 percent increase, which helped it claim 26.3 percent. Marshmallow witnessed a 1.1% decrease, despite which, it is leading. However, the difference now is mere 2.3%. Because of the small difference, it might be possible that Noughat might finally take over Marshmallow in February.
Much like the leading version, Lollipop, KitKat, and Jelly Bean also saw a downfall of 1.2 percent, 0.6 percent, and 0.3 percent. Another interesting angle is that both Gingerbread, and ice cream managed to exist. Both are same at 0.5 and 0.4 respectively.
The stats aren’t very surprising as most of the devices were rolled out with Noughat itself. A large number of manufacturers also rolled out an updated their old devices to Noughat. Oreo, however, will be a different story. For the smartphones launched in 2017, it might take a while to release the Oreo update, however, almost all the flagship smartphones in 2018 will have Oreo built it.
Is Android being Slow in releasing updates?
According to this chart from androidauthority, it is evident that after every update, android seems to be getting slower in dropping new updates. AA pointed out that the reason behind that is OEMs are becoming less concerned about rolling out updates frequently. This might explain the curve mentioned below. This might not be a very big of a deal as OEMs are aware how important consumers consider updates to be.
At the same time, people are now holding to their smartphones for as much time as possible, which means that the number of devices that have an old version of Android will increase over time. There are still a lot of devices that don’t run on the latest version of Android.