Android model distribution: Oreo now put in on four.6% of Android gadgets
The latest batch of Android distribution numbers of 2018 are in, and Android Oreo (each eight.Zero and eight.1) is now put in on four.6 % of all Android gadgets! That represents a rise of over 400-percent since February’s numbers.
Judging by Google’s official statistics, Android distribution numbers are on the right track — Oreo and Nougat noticed an increase in installs, whereas each different working system model noticed a decline.
The largest information is Oreo’s set up numbers rising four-fold. This is because of the truth that Honor, Huawei, Motorola, HMD Global, and plenty of other manufacturers have up to date their gadgets to Android eight.Zero Oreo, and corporations like OnePlus push Android eight.1 Oreo as properly. These numbers will seemingly see one other large soar subsequent month as corporations push Oreo to an increasing number of gadgets.
Android 7.Zero-7.1.1 Nougat additionally noticed a rise of two.three % this month, bringing the set up numbers to 30.eight % general.
All different Android variations noticed a lower this month. Marshmallow is right down to 26 % from 28.1 %, Lollipop is right down to 22.9 % from 24.6 %, and KitKat is right down to 10.5 % from 12 %. Jelly Bean is right down to four.5 % from February’s 5 %, and Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread each are at Zero.four % and Zero.three %, respectively.
Whereas we anticipated Oreo’s distribution numbers to extend over the previous two months, a four-fold soar is fairly wonderful. The truth that properly over half of Android gadgets at the moment are on Marshmallow or later is terrific information, as gadgets on older working techniques are rather more susceptible to safety threats.
From KitKat, to Lollipop, to Marshmallow, and to Nougat, every new model of Android appeared to hit fewer gadgets and accomplish that in a slower trend (see the chart beneath). Nonetheless, with this vital enhance in Oreo numbers after solely two months in thoughts, might or not it’s that Google has lastly lit a fireplace in relation to OEM’s issuing extra well timed updates to gadgets?
After years of fast development, international smartphone shipments are slowing down. That is get together because of the plateauing of the smartphone revolution in China and India, which has seen a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of latest prospects …
Nonetheless, we additionally know that individuals are holding onto their telephones for longer periods of time, which implies the variety of lively gadgets operating older variations of Android stays excessive. As the worth of flagship telephones continues to rise, this might sluggish the speed of Android adoption fee even additional as fewer and fewer gadgets with previous software program variations keep in service.
Moreover, there are nonetheless Android gadgets launching with out the most recent model of Android out of the field, attributable to the rise of lower-cost Chinese language gadgets and elevated market development in creating international locations.
Nonetheless, the elevated fee of launch for main Android variations could also be one of many large causes for the form of the graph above. Jelly Bean was out for about 16 months earlier than KitKat arrived. KitKat caught round for barely over a 12 months adopted by Lollipop which simply scraped previous 11 months earlier than Marshmallow hit the scene. Then Marshmallow was solely out for ten and a half months earlier than Nougat confirmed up in mid-August. Oreo is the one software program model to buck the pattern, releasing nearly a 12 months to the day after Nougat. Shorter OS model shelf lives equal decrease market penetration.
The opposite key issue right here is that every new Android model arrives with more Android devices in circulation, which means its fast impression is reducing. When all the main OEMs bought their flagships up and operating with Ice Cream Sandwich, it represented a big share of Android telephones as a result of there have been far fewer of them. There are more than two billion monthly active Android devices in use now, so there’s merely extra floor for the most recent Android model to cowl.
Being on the most recent model of Android isn’t as essential because it as soon as was, although. With Play Providers, for example, Google can push out essential updates to simply about each Android machine with out the necessity to bake it into Android (thus requiring a whole software program replace). Plus, an excellent quantity of OEMs have been specializing in rolling out the most recent Android safety patches to their gadgets, which implies Android telephones aren’t as susceptible to assaults as they as soon as had been.
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