Android Nougat Makes Some Minor Gains in February, Still Not Enough to Impress


Nougat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android, has registered some small gains to surpass 1% market share according to the latest platform distribution figures from Google.

Both version 7.0 and 7.1 saw a slight increase from 0.5 and 0.2% respectively last month to nearly 1% for the former and 0.3 for the latter, gains that are almost insignificant.

The most significant gains were made by Marshmallow, the immediate version of Android before Nougat. Android 6.0’s market share rose to over 30%.

Marshmallow and Nougat’s market share combined translates to nearly a third of all Android devices running software that is less than 2 years old which is in itself not a mean feat.

Other versions of Android, which, to be honest, we ought not to be talking about at this moment, all saw declines as users either upgraded the software on their devices or simply bought newer ones thus relegating their old devices to cold shelves or demoting use cases; activities that made sure they never access the Google Play Store to be counted as active.

Here is a break down of the Android platform distribution as of the start of this month

[Android] VersionCodenameAPIDistribution
4.0.3-4.0.4Ice Cream Sandwich151.1%
4.1.xJelly Bean164.0%