Android 8.0 Orio gained 0.3 percent market share, but Marshmallow remained
Android 8.0 Orio was released in August and saw a marginal gain in its market share to reach 0.3 percent of all active devices. Android Nougat has also gained market share, but Marshmallow remains the most popular version.
Android Orio reached 0.3 percent market share, a marginal improvement over the 0.2 percent recorded last month. The numbers show that Android’s latest iteration is growing slower than its predecessors, and the recorded market share is primarily matched with the Nexus and Pixel devices currently in use.
Google released Android 8.0 Orio for the Pixel and Nexus devices in August, and it appeared on Android distribution numbers for the first time last month. The new distribution numbers are based on data collected during the 7-day period ending November 9, 2017, which also highlights the fact that only a small number of devices received updates on Oreo. Android Nougat gained about 3 percent market share last month, reaching 20.6 percent.
Android 7.0 Nougat is used by 17.6 percent of active users (1.8 percent increase), while 7.1 Nougat is running 3 percent on active devices, an increase of 1 percent over the previous month. Meanwhile, Android Marshmallow continues to be the most used version of Android with a market share of 30.9 percent. It has seen a decline in terms of market share which suggests that most users have upgraded to Android Nougat. Android 5.0 Lollipop now powers 6.4 percent of active devices whereas Android 5.1 Lollipop is used by 20.8 percent of active users. Among other versions, Android 4.4 KitKat has a market share of 13.8 percent, while Android Jelly Bean versions have a combined market share of 6.2 percent. Android gingerbread and ice cream sandwiches are still long lasting with a market share of 0.5 percent each.
Android 8.0 Orio fragmentation was expected to resolve the issue, delaying the rollout of the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system on most devices. The operating system enables Project Treble, which allows Google’s OEM partners to add their own level of customization to Android and push the update quickly. However, the distribution numbers clearly indicate that Oreo is not yet available on devices other than Nexus or Pixel smartphones. In fact, Sony Xperia XZ1 is currently the only other phone to offer Android Oreo in India.