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Android Distribution Updated for January 2017 – RIP, FROYO!

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Oh man, we’ve got yuuuuuge breaking news on the Android distribution front. You ready for it? Seriously, are you ready for this? Well, if you read the title, you know it, but yes, Froyo is finally dead!

Google updated the Android distribution numbers for January 2017 and Froyo has finally been retired from the list, having dropped below the 0.1% threshold needed to stick around. Man, Android 2.2 is gone for good. Struggling to deal with this…reflecting back. What times those were, overclocking single-core processors to melt our hands while blacking out everything via cheesy embossed themed ROM for an extra 3 minutes of battery. Good stuff. 

In terms of new numbers, we’re looking at Nougat jumping from 0.4% of the pie to 0.7% and Marshmallow shooting from 26.3% to 29.6%. After that, everyone else is in decline. Lollipop now sits at 33.4% (34%), Kit Kat at 22.6% (24%), Jelly Bean at 11.6% (12.8%), Ice Cream Sandwich at 1.1% (1.2%), and Gingerbread at 1.0% (1.2%).

December’s numbers can be seen right here.

Via:  Android Developers
  • Chase Chick

    Speaking of Android updates, I got a Nexus 6p that STILL hasn’t been updated to 7.1.1. Is there any new on what the H is going on?

  • Armaced

    I think Jelly Bean might be the last version I was really excited about. I was very eager for Google Now.

  • Ortolan Pot Pie

    Moto X Pure just got an update…to Sep ’16 security. Still on 6.0 here.

  • Chris Bice

    Glad to be in the .2% . Done with playing the carrier/manufacturer games!

  • rj-b

    THEY CAN TAKE MY GINGERBREAD WHEN THEY PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD ALARM CLOCK

    • Trevor

      Make sure you access the Play Store with that alarm clock so they include you each month.

  • Raven

    I would like to see these numbers just for major cell carriers and not every random device in every country.
    I bet the numbers would look a lot better if they were just devices on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.

  • marcusmarcus2
  • cdm283813

    Embarrassing yet again. Even Nougat is starting to get fragmented. It’s like you can put pie charts within pie charts with some of those versions.

  • Froyo was such an awesome release. We got flash support, tethering, JIT compiler, that awesome 3d app drawer, apps2sd, and it was able to update apps in bulk through the Android Market- something Android today can’t even do.

    • Armaced

      Agreed Froyo was great, but we can still update apps in Bulk through the Play Store, right? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64f82831b1cc43db1076e377f5e7795f3d9f88b62e0074bb416b43bc3b8510ab.jpg

      • Suicide_Note

        I think he means that the apps would all download at the same time, instead of one at a time.

        • Chase Chick

          Would that actually make a difference?

          • Suicide_Note

            It didn’t fit me way back then, because it was too much for the phone to handle, and things would slow to a crawl. I’m much happier with tapping ‘Update All’, and letting the apps update one at a time, which is how it is now.

        • Armaced

          Wow, it could do that? I don’t remember that. I do remember that “Update All” made my phone get super hot and useless for about half an hour, though. Anyway, thanks for the clarification.

      • michael arazan

        Most apps might not update, a lot of apps now require JellyBean as a minimal OS to run apps.

      • Yeah, but in Froyo I remember it simultaneously downloading/installing apps, whereas in more current versions of Android it queues them up to download/installing one by one.

  • Stabby McKnifington

    False. I still have an old verizon droid-x that is on Froyo

    • Kevin

      False what?

      • Stabby McKnifington

        False that Froyo is dead. Long live FROYO!

    • Sporttster

      One of my old phones in a box still has Froyo on it, can’t remember which one. Does that count?

  • Kanoosh

    Nougat ftw! -_-

  • Ya know, if DL took a poll on what version we’re all running, I think it would be like 99% Nougat. Which means (as we all often speculate) that we, the DL community, are the 1%. Actually, less than 1% lol.

    So when we say “why can’t company abc understand that we ALL want xyz” and then we all upvote that and go “yeah, seeeee?? Everyone wants that!” Really what we’re confirming is: “Well, at least a half of one percent of us want that!” haha

    • RazorSky

      I would like to see the mods do that poll. How can we make that happen?

      • sinfoman

        @KELLEX, you listening? @Tim-O-Tato?

    • needa

      Maybe once the spring phones get Nougat, the poll might reach 80%.

      • RazorSky

        Then the poll needs to be every time google releases their numbers so we can see monthly trends as well.

        • needa

          Once a year is good enough for me. Especially when these polls use the ‘honor system’.

    • sc0rch3d

      sadly, i’m still on MM. only 2 phones in daily usage might ever see nougat… N5 (looking for custom rom) and S6 (hopefully sometime this year)

    • The Doctor

      I’m on 6.0.1. I’m back on my unlocked S7 edge. I returned my Pixel and I don’t miss it one bit.

      • Nick Harrold

        Care to elaborate? Really want to upgrade from my s6. Have been wanting to get back to stock Android after three years disappointing Samsung phones (S4/S6). Though I hate the admittedly much improved Samsung skin on top of android, my biggest complaint with the s6 was the horrendous battery life, which appears to be improved on with the s7 but I’m really temped to spring for the ridiculously priced pixel, even though I could get the s7 for almost half that now. I just find it hard to give Samsung any more chances and would rather spend more on a phone I’ll actually want to use for a couple of years.

      • Sporttster

        On 6.0 on my MXPE and really have no desire to change. It’s rooted, BL unlocked and has all the customization I need.

    • Big EZ

      I’m not so sure about that. I’m still on MM due to Xposed modules. I would imagine there are a lot of people here still into rooting and customizing their phones. Of those people I would think many may hold back on the “latest and greatest” for functionality. Sure I check out the new stuff, but for daily usage I almost always revert for compatibility reasons.

    • Armaced

      6.0.1 MM here – s7.

    • Carter

      Completely incorrect, I don’t know a single friend who uses Samsung (the most popular android phones) that even has access to the Nougat update while I, a tweaker and ROM Flasher, was on Nougat very shortly after release and haven’t been back on MM.

      I very much miss Xposed, but I just enjoy the greatest and latest.

  • Marcellus1

    I’m trying to do my part to boost Nougat. Got my Galaxy S3 running on 7.1.1–that’s newer than my Nexus 6 that is still on 7.0 (although, admittedly not for much longer).

    • 6stringslinger

      7.1.1 is available for the Nexus 6. Flashed it on mine a couple days ago. Zero problems, works better than 7.0.

      • Marcellus1

        Yeah, I’ve been meaning to get around to flashing but have been pretty busy. The OTA may come out before I get it done! Are you having any of the 7.1.1 issues with echo on phone calls that others have reported? Some have gone back to 7.0 because of it.

        • 6stringslinger

          Both the OTA update file and the image file for 7.1.1, for the Nexus 6 are available from Google. I couldn’t take the OTA because I have TWRP custom recovery (I’m rooted), so I flashed it using Chainfire’s FlashFire app. All went well, didn’t lose any data, apps or settings…just had to root it again. Haven’t noticed any echo on phone calls, or any other problems.

  • The Doctor

    There’s more people with Gingerbread than people with Nougat.

    Sad.

    • Suicide_Note

      Thanks, OEMs.

    • MicroNix

      Shows just how few Nexus/Pixel devices are out there. Also sad that Nougat is so little adopted yet already has a second major update to itself before the majority of current phones even have it.

      • The Doctor

        I had a Pixel for a few days and returned it. The lack of hardware features and the high price tag didn’t justify its cost. Sure, the software was fast, but not $800 worth of fast.

        • Sporttster

          Google blew it with the Pixel. Definately overpriced. They tried to go outside their market and it backfired on em… they are not Sammy or Apple…

  • Suicide_Note
  • Big EZ

    So sad. The most fun I’ve had on Android was on froyo.

  • MJ

    About f*cking time… Why Google just didn’t drop it from the list a year ago we will never know.

    • Kevin

      Well sure we do, it didn’t drop below the 0.1% threshold

      • MJ

        I have an idea… How about we make the arbitrary number 1.5% so we can drop Ice Cream and Gingerbread as no one cares about them either.

        • Kevin

          Nah, I like 1.2% more

          • MJ

            That solves the problem…

        • Jonathan

          Because then they’d have to drop Nougat as well?

    • Suicide_Note

      Because it was still at the minimum 0.1% threshold to be included on this list.

      It’s almost as if you didn’t read the article.

      • MJ

        Maybe it’s because that .1% is totally irrelevant and arbitrary. No one has cared about Froyo in years.

        • Suicide_Note

          The 0.1% of people still using a Froyo device would disagree with you. That equates to roughly 1.5 million Android users.

          • MJ

            Anyone using using a Froyo device doesn’t care either…

          • Suicide_Note

            They care about their device in some way, otherwise they wouldn’t still be using it, would they?

          • MJ

            I am sure they like their alarm clock but that’s irrelevant to the Android Distribution chart.

          • Suicide_Note

            No, it isn’t. It’s a device running Froyo that accesses Play Services or the Play Store. I forget which.

            It’s as if you’re too dense to realize that there are millions of users out there in other countries who can’t always afford to have the latest and greatest.

          • Tr3ple

            Just take the L and move on fam.

  • Sorry guys. I forgot to power up my old ass phone last month. I’ve let you all down.

    • MadMartigan

      We can bring it back. If we all power on and update the apps on our old, shoved in some drawer, froyo devices, we can bring it back from the dead.

      • Suicide_Note

        Zombie Froyo!!

      • Raven

        I will have to fire up my OG Droid. I never upgraded it past 2.2.

      • michael arazan

        I’m afraid to look at how many apps my Droid 1 needs updating, probably wouldn’t update on 80% of them, since most apps require JellyBean or higher.