Android Nougat Finally Becomes Most Popular Version, Oreo Crosses 1 Percent Adoption

Android Nougat Finally Becomes Most Popular Version, Oreo Crosses 1 Percent Adoption

The company released its distribution chart for February 2018 where Android Nougat grabs 28.5 percent of the market share, while Marshmallow slips to the second spot with 28.1 percent of the whole market share. At first glance, the situation looks awful for those hoping that Oreo will pick up the pace and improve its market share. In other words, tracking the adoption rate of the latest Android version is still as excruciating as watching paint dry.

Android 7.0 Nougat has finally become the most-used version of the mobile operating system, running on 28.5 percent of devices (across both versions 7.0 and 7.1), according to an update on Google's developer portal today (via 9to5Google). But Nougat achieved as of February 5 this year.

Meanwhile, Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop combine to make up 24.6 per cent of all active devices.

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Meanwhile, Android 7.0 rose 1.2 points to 22.3%, while 7.1 saw a 1 point increase to 6.2%.

The figures are gathered from devices visiting the Google Play app, which only supports Android 2.2 and above. Lollipop was one of Android's most popular versions, so the news that Nougat has grown this much in adoption is cause to celebrate. Both Nougat 7.0 and Nougat 7.1 were at 20.6 percent in November past year and reached up to 26.3 percent in January.

On the brighter side, it is now emerging that Samsung has already started working on Oreo updates for not just the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but also the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy A 2017 family, including the entry-level Galaxy A3, GalaxyClub reports. And if you are a Google phone user then your smartphones will be the first to taste these upgrades. As compared to last month's distribution numbers, the version has seen a drop by 0.6%.