The market share of Android Nougat has finally surpassed that of KitKat for the first time
Android 7.0 Nougat is used by 14.2 percent of active users while 7.1 Nougat is powered by 1.2 percent of active devices. Google rolled out Android 8.0 Orio last month and its market share could be reflected early next month.
For the first time, the market share of Android Nougat has surpassed that of KitKat. The version of Google’s mobile operating system is now used by 15.8 percent of active users, up from 13.5 percent reported last month. Markets are segmented based on data collected during the 7-day period ending September 11, 2017.
Updated numbers on Google’s Android dashboard show that Nougat gained 2.3 percent market share in the last month alone. Android 7.0 Nougat is used by 14.2 percent of active users while 7.1 Nougat is powered by 1.2 percent of active devices. In July, Android Nougat hit double digit market share for the first time.
In older versions, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, announced two years ago, still has a maximum market share of 32.2 percent. Android Lollipop has a 28.8 percent market share and KitKat has a 15.1 percent market share Android Jelly Bean now has a 6.9 percent market share, while Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich each have a 0.6 percent market share.
The numbers come just days after the Android 8.0 Oreo launch, Google’s next major release. While there’s no word on Oreo’s market share, it began rolling out last month as an OTA update to select Nexus and Pixel devices. Android 8.0 brings support for Project Treble, which aims to fix fragmentation issues that allow users to stay on the Android version longer than usual.
In the coming months, Android Nougat’s market share could increase further, with the release of OEM updates like Xiaomi and major OEM partners joining Google’s Android One initiative. It remains to be seen whether Google will introduce Oreo to more smartphones with this new initiative and thus completely eliminate the fragmentation problem.