Android 7.0 Nougat was officially announced on August 22 and surpassed 1 percent market share last month. Android Lollipop and Marshmallow run on more than 30 percent of devices
Android 7.0 Nougat, the seventh iteration of Google’s mobile ecosystem, reached 2.8 percent market share. According to the Android Dashboard, Android 7.0 Nougat runs on 2.4 percent of devices, while 7.1 runs on another 0.4 percent of devices. The data is based on data collected during the 7-day period ending March 6.
Google announced Android 7.0 Nougat as a beta build on March 9, 2016, before officially rolling out as an OTA update for selected Nexus devices on August 22, 2016. LG’s V20 is the first smartphone to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with Google’s own Pixel series Android 7.1 update.
Android Nougat surpassed 1 percent market share in February and its adoption has steadily increased in the last month. The fragmentation problem of Android, however, did not end with Lollipop continuing as the most used version. Android Lollipop is currently ahead of Marshmallow in 32.5 percent of devices with 31.3 percent market share.
Meanwhile, Android KitKat still supports 20.8 percent of the device, while Jelly Bean supports 10.6 percent. Older gingerbread and ice cream sandwich versions are down 1 percent, but are still being used. In contrast, Apple’s iOS 10 runs on 76 percent of active devices, with 18 percent of users running iOS 9. It’s definitely not comparable to Apple’s Apple, as iOS fits a smaller number of devices than Android. .
The latest issue paints a clear picture of Google’s problem with Android fragmentation. With Android N Beta, Google’s goal is to ensure smooth upgrades even for older devices, but it seems that OEMs have not yet been able to provide updates. Earlier in the day, Samsung delayed its Nougat update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge without offering any further rollout dates. Even if two-year-old flagships are lost in the latest version, Android Nougat is unlikely to hit double-digit shares anytime soon.