January 2018 sees Nougat close to overtaking Marshmallow

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January 2018 sees Nougat close to overtaking Marshmallow

So it's no surprise developers got a hold of the tech behind the feature and brought it over to more devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and up. That edged out the 26.3% combined share owned by Android 7.0 (21.1%) and Android 7.1 (5.2%).

In the first of half of every month, Google releases latest Android distribution numbers which reveals details about the total share of different versions of Android in the market. So overall, .7% of Android phones were running on Android Oreo. So if Android Oreo has a market share of 0.7 percent, it simply means that only 0.7 percent of Android smartphones are running Android Oreo now. Even though it is no longer the latest version of Google's operating system, there are new handsets that are still shipping with Android Nougat pre-installed, which may further contribute to the increase in its market share. Android 6.0 Marshmallow still reigns as the most used at 28.6 per cent, but has fallen marginally from last month when it was at 29.7 per cent.

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Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) is still claiming a significant piece of this pie, despite having slipped to 25.1 percent usage. Google collected the data on the distribution numbers over a seven-day period ending Monday. Android KitKat (4.4) slipped to 12.8 percent this month, while Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) fell to 5.6 percent usage this month.

Those Android OS that are running on less than 0.1% of devices are not included in this chart. Android Ice Cream Sandwich (.5%) and Android Gingerbread (.4%) were the remaining builds still listed. Oreo isn't expected to pick up any pace before spring when major brands like Samsung, Huawei, and LG start releasing new flagships.

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