Almost a year after its release, the latest Android distribution numbers show that Android Nougat — the latest version of Android — is still running on a measly 13.5 percent of Android devices out there.
While Nougat has made some impressive gains in recent months, its number is still disappointingly low almost a year after its release. This can be attributed to many Chinese OEMs still releasing devices running Marshmallow. Once Xiaomi, for example, ends up releasing MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat for its devices, there should be a significant uptick in the Nougat’s adoption.
Just for comparison, Marshmallow’s adoption rate a year after its release was around 18 percent.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow remained the most popular version of Android with a share of 32.3 percent. Lollipop, three years after its release, also continues to run on a majority of Android devices out there with a 29.2 percent share.
With Android 8.0 set to drop later this month, Android’s fragmentation problem is only going to get worse. The upcoming version of the OS will introduce Project Treble that should help manufacturers in rolling out updates faster to their devices. However, Google has made similar promises with previous releases of Android and all of its efforts so far have failed to live up to expectations.
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