Android Distribution: Nougat and ancient Android versions on the rise

Android-Verteilung: Nougat und uralte Android-Versionen im Aufwind

Google has released the statistics on the Android distribution from the last week of April until May 2nd. Compared to the previous month, Android 7.0 Nougat (Test) in particular. Curiously, however, have also ancient Android versions again, including the over six-year-old Android 2.3.x Gingerbread.

Android 7.0 Nougat is now used to 6.6 percent of devices with access to the Play Store. Google uses the accesses of a seven-day period to its store to generate monthly statistics on the Android distribution. Android 7.0 nougat thus cuts 2.1 percentage points better than in the same period a month ago. Responsible for this are numerous new smartphones with the operating system as well as updates for older devices. The current version of 7.1 currently compares favorably with 0.5% of the market as a whole.

Android 4.4 KitKat gives out the most

The biggest decline is in Android 4.4 KitKat, which has lost 1.2 percentage points against the previous month. Android Jelly Bean has lost a total of the three sub-versions one percentage point.

Old versions on the rise

Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 Gingerbread has again climbed to the level of the months February, January and December 2016, although the operating system in its oldest variant is already over six years old. The last update to 2.3.7 was released on September 21, 2011. The first Gingerbread device was then the Nexus S (test).

Even the no longer dizzy Android 5.1 Lollipop again cuts as good as last four months ago: 23.3 percent mean a gain of 0.3 percentage points – which is a bigger jump than with Android 7.1 nougat in the last quarter.

Android Security Bulletin for May and new factory images

Since May 1, a new Android Security Bulletin has been released for Google. The update, divided into two stages (1st and 5th May) for a faster distribution by the OEMs as usual, closes numerous security gaps from the old Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the current Android 7.1.2 Nougat. New factory images for current pixel and supported Nexus devices are available for download for manual installation; the OTA update is scheduled to distribute Google from May 5th.



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