Android Distribution Numbers For December Are Out: Android 8.0 Oreo Struggles At 0.5%

It has been months since Google released Android 8.0 Oreo. Moreover, even though the release was anticipated to be a significant market breakthrough for Google that has not been the case.  From the recently released Android distribution numbers for the seven days period that ended on December 11, Android 8.0 Oreo has been struggling to record on the charts. Oreo was only installed on a 0.5% of all the active devices.

Last month, Google confirmed a 0.3 percent of the devices were operating on Android 8.0 Oreo. Due to the launch of Android 8.0 Oreo to some OEMs like Nokia 8, HTC U11, and Sony Xperia XZ, prompting a 0.2 percent increase. Also, Android 8.0 is now available for both Pixel and Nexus devices. We should anticipate that Android 8.0 Oreo is yet to reach a good chunk of active Android devices. Following the planned release OS update of Samsung that is set to roll out on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 alike, the presence of Oreo is yet to be felt.

Talking of OEMs spearheading operations to update their devices to Oreo, HTC, and Sony took the lead. Sony extended their Oreo update to Sony Xperia XZ, XZs, and X Performance while HTC updated its HTC U11 smartphone. Meanwhile, there have been reports of OEMs like LG, Essential, Samsung, OnePlus already running their devices on the beta version of Oreo. This move only suggests that these big players in the world of Android smartphones are planning to update to Oreo. However, considering that Android 8.1 is already on the market, we can conclude that Android 8.0 is no longer the latest and trending Android update anymore. Speaking of Nougat though, it has displayed incredible fame, by recording well in the top charts, as other older versions have declined in the same charts.

Having carefully studied the trends in the smartphone world, we can deduce that the next distribution of Android systems will show an increased percentage of the Oreo version. This fact is sufficiently backed by the fact that, more and more devices are yet to get the Oreo update. Turning our focus to Android 7.0 Nougat, which registered a 1.7 percentage rise hence hitting 19.3 percentage in the charts. The record was, however, beaten by that of Android 7.1 which rose with a 4%, thus both the versions of Nougat saw a combined increase of 23.3%; an increase of 3.3% from last month’s 20.6% in overall growth. Despite these great records by Nougat, the version release is yet to reach the set levels of the previous Android versions of Marshmallow and Lollipop.

Shading Light on Older Versions

Android Stats

There was a slight decrease of 1.2% recorded by Android Marshmallow, thus settling at 20.7%. Despite this drop from in the charts, this incredible Android version remains as one of the most dominant versions in the Android world. Both Android 5.0 and 5.1 versions of Lollipop recorded superior levels of 26.3% of the share market. While other versions like KitKat settled at 13.4%, Jelly Bean slated a 5.9%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 0.5%, and Gingerbread sadly dropped to 0.4%.

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