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Google’s Feb. Android distribution numbers reveal drops for KitKat, Nougat surpasses 1%


Google has today released its monthly set of statistics regarding Android version distribution. Like in previous months, we haven’t seen any major drops or gains here, but we are seeing good progress across the board, with new versions like Nougat and Marshmallow seeing gains, and older versions taking slight drops.

First and foremost, the latest version(s) of Android, Nougat, has finally jumped above 1% of overall market share. That includes both Android 7.1 and Android 7.0, which have 0.3% and 0.9% respectively. While, of course, we always want these numbers to be higher, Nougat progress is encouraging, especially as OEMs continue to update their devices. Granted, the majority of those updates have been to 7.0, leaving version 7.1 almost solely to Nexus and Pixel devices.

Further, Android Marshmallow saw a slight gain of 1.1%, taking the OS to 30.7% market share, the largest single version currently available. Lollipop, on the other hand, still remains the largest named release right now, with 32.9% combined share between Android 5.0 and 5.1. However, both of those versions saw slight drops in share this month.


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