Google’s Android Nougat now runs on 2.8 percent devices

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As per the latest Google Play Android Distribution data, Android Nougat now powers 2.8 percent of the devices across the globe. Google recently updated this data collected during seven days till March 6, on its developer’s dashboard.

Android Nougat 7.0 powers 2.4 percent Android devices while Nougat 7.1 runs on 0.4 percent of the total devices running Google’s Android. The data also shows that Android Lollipop version 5.0 and 5.1 predominantly have the highest number of user base clocked in at 32.4 percent. This is followed closely by Android 6.0 Marshmallow which holds 31.3 percent share of the total Android smartphones along with Android 4.4 KitKat being present on 20.8 percent of the devices.

Previously, Google had reported that Android 6.0 Marshmallow was running on 30.7 percent devices back in November while Android Lollipop held a 32.9 percent share of the Android smartphones. Android KitKat, on the other hand, was powering over 21.9 percent devices till last month.

Older Android versions that include Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 Gingerbread along with Android 4.0.3-4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean, now exist only on 12.6 percent of smartphones in the world and will slowly phase out.

Google’s Android Distribution Data is essentially released for Android developers so that they can optimise their apps accordingly. The data is collected from the devices which access the Google Play Store from their smartphones.

Android versions older than Lollipop are still running on many smartphones which leave them vulnerable to bugs and glitches which maybe would never get fixed by their OEM’s. This is a problem faced by many Android users and is a part of the operating system’s fragmentation problem. Google releases a new version of Android before the OEM’s can optimise and release the previous version for their users.

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