Just a few weeks in the New Year, Google has Published its first Android distribution chart for the year 2018.This distribution graph shows where its cellular platform stands also it looks like the numbers of Android Oreo and Android Nougat are growing steadily. The date has been collected in the 7-day period ending January 8.
Comparing it to December’s distribution chart indicates that Android 8.0 Oreo amounts continue to be the same comprising 0.5 percent of the overall market share. Android 8.1 Oreo is now on the graph taking 0.2 percentage of this market share mostly contributed by Pixel and Nexus devices. Overall, the total share of Android Oreo stands at 0.7 percent compared to 0.5 % in December. It’s also surprising to find that the share for Android Gingerbread in 0.4 percent of this current market, considering the fact that it had been launched 7 years back.
While Android Marshmallow still has the greatest share of the current market, there has been a steady fall as the numbers have come down from 29.7 percent a month to 28.6 percent for the current month. Android Nougat has been showing steady increase for some time now. Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 combined were at 20.6 percent in November, 23.3 % in December and are now reported in 26.3 percent of the marketplace. Android 7.0 saw a 1.8 percent growth while Android 7.1 increased by 1.2 points in the previous month. This is primarily driven by new smartphones like the Honor 7X, OnePlus 5T, and the Moto X4 which launched with Android Nougat out of the box.
If Android Nougat continues the same trend, we can see it final onto Android Marshmallow at the next few months. While the newest versions of Android are seeing a steady increase in market share, older Android versions have noticed a steady decline. Even though KitKat saw a 0.6 percent fall for 13.4 percent to 12.8, Jelly Bean saw a marginal drop from 5.9 percent to 5.6 percent. The drop in old versions of Android is primarily driven by manufacturers upgrading the OS on older devices. To note the characters are gathered from apparatus seeing the Google Play program, which only supports Android 2.2 and over.
Google also updated its OpenGL model distribution numbers which has OpenGL 3.0 in 45.1 percent, OpenGL v2.0 in 37.2 percent, and OpenGL 3.1 at 17.7 percent.