Google’s developer page has shown that Android 7.0 is now the most used version of the mobile operating system. Nougat runs on 28.5% of devices including both versions 7.0 and 7.1, taking over the second most-used version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow which stands at 28.1%.
Android Oreo 8.0 comes at 6th place, with only a minor improvement of .9% compared to devices running Oreo in 2017. The popularity of Nougat may reflect on the trend that users mostly have to use old operating systems which is not so optimal. But if one considers hardcore android users, it won’t really matter to them as they will buy brand new flagship Android smartphones anyway each year.
The report on Google’s page somewhat paints a bad picture because updates pass through so many hands before they can actually roll out to third-party devices, most users around the world don’t have access to the latest and greatest Android features.
There are 2 billion montly active users on Android, who use versions of Android from two, three, or even four or more years ago. From the report, just under 25% of Android devices are still on Android 5 Lollipop from 2014, and 12% still have Android 4.4 KitKat from all the way back in 2013.
With all of this happening, Google needs to catch up with iOS considering that 65 percent of devices are running the latest iOS 11 software.