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Android Distribution Updated for November 2016 – Nougat Debuts!

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After skipping October, Google updated the Android distribution numbers today for November. The latest data collection shows Marshmallow on almost a quarter of all Android devices, plus Nougat debuts in the chart. 

As for specifics, Nougat is on exactly 0.3% of Android phones, while Marshmallow is up to 24% (from 18.7%). Lollipop dropped to 34.1% (from 35.0%), as did KitKat (27.7% to 25.2%), Jelly Bean (15.6% to 13.7%), Ice Cream Sandwich (1.4% to 1.3%), and Gingerbread (1.5% to 1.3%). Froyo somehow remains on the list with 0.1% of the pie.

September’s numbers can be viewed here.

Via:  Android Developers
  • RazorSky

    Sometimes I just want to turn on and visit the appstore with my old FROYO device just to keep it on there.

  • Joe

    I blame the carriers for this BS. Apple doesn’t have to deal with this fragmentation.

  • Mark

    I’m not surprised Kitkat 4.4.4 is still the highest, was my fav Android by far. Loved the UI

  • Caveman

    Has Nougat starting going out to Nexus 6 owners yet?

    • michael arazan

      Got Nougat 3 weeks after the main release on the N6, no more OS updates as that was the last, hopefully security though, we’ll see this month

      • Brian Himes

        Already confirmed that the N6 is getting 7.1

  • cdm283813

    That chart is so pathetic. I’m thinking to myself why even get a Pixel when developers only see such a small percentage running the latest and greatest. It’s only going to get worst year after year.
    I think it’s time to do something totally different with Android to prevent this from happening again. Possibly make the process similar to how we upgrade Windows on a magnitude of hardware configurations. I got 3 desktop computers and 2 laptops in my home and they all run Windows 10. We got to leave carriers out of the equation is the first step.

    • Harry Balsaq

      I bet if you look at just 1st world nations the numbers would be vastly different. Just like Windows 10 adoption. If you include China, India and Africa it doesn’t look as impressive. if you look at the US and Western Europe then there is a huge difference.

  • Duffman

    Can’t wait to go to iOS next year!

    • TechTinker11

      Yup, where we get updates for years, even though we don’t get all the features, and if we don’t our device gets shut down or just lags to death.

      • cdm283813

        LOL! Google is blocking the Nexus 6P from certain features so their just as bad. From the sounds of it a Nexus 6P will never match a Pixel software wise. And no telling what Google does next year with the Pixel line because they don’t stick to anything for more than a few years at the most.
        There was nothing wrong with the Nexus brand so why dump it? If Google didn’t screw with the Nexus formula I would have a different perspective. But Apple has the right attitude when it comes to the phone business.

        • Duffman

          Thank you! I’ve used nexus phones since the Nexus One. Have a 6P now. I’ve owned Samsung, HTC, Motorola. But the direction Google is taking Android and Wear, is just not something I like and I’m ready to try something different.

    • James_75

      Nobody cares.

      • Duffman

        You cared enough to comment. So you must care. And if you care, others care. And if others care, then Google cares. And if… Nah, no one cares. You’re right. Carry on.

        • James_75

          I cared about making sure you knew that nobody cares about you looking forward to going to ios next year. Nobody cares.

          • Duffman

            Cool story bro 🖕

    • p0k3y

      Why wait? I dumped my Nexus 6P and went the other way this year, after Google clearly showed its greedy hand…

      p.s., before you flame, just to let you know that I still think Android is a better OS, although it’s definitely not as smooth and Google seems to run out of ideas too. I miss some features such as data limit, but also surprised to see that GApps work better in iOS…

      • Duffman

        I’m only waiting because there is supposed to be a huge redesign of the iPhone next year. I can hang onto my 6P until then. But I’m for sure going to make the switch. The pixel phones and the delay of wear 2.0 have left me feeling that Google doesn’t know what direction it’s going.

        • Eric Dodson

          I went from a Nexus 6 to LG V20. Sure I gave up stock Android but I wanted to stay on Android 7.0, plus the V20 is an amazing phone.

  • Raven

    Of course these distribution numbers are always skewed by all of the ancient devices still running out there. A coworker of mine posted a 30 day chart for our app today which I found interesting (although I wish they would merge it to just 1 decimal place). We do require Android 4.4 and up and are limited to the USA.
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.hipchat.com/100571/797889/imHSgUsaIYyz7zs/upload.png

  • Suicide_Note

    Froyo lives on. Suck it, haters!

  • TheDave1022

    Are devs even targeting anything older than API 16? Be shocked if they were for any modern app.

    • Rick_Diesel

      i think a lot of apps are Jelly Bean 4.3 (API 18) or newer