Google has just updated its Google Play distribution data in its developer dashboard page, and Android Oreo the latest version of its Android operating system has now made it to the list. Besides, the listing provides data (figures for the seven-day period ending Monday, October 2, 2017) about the relative number of devices running a given version of the Android platform.
Thus talking about the latest version, Android 8.0 Oreo which has been mostly rolled out to Pixel and Nexus devices, it is now running on 0.2 percent of active devices. However, the numbers should rise by end of the year as many smartphone brands like Samsung, Nokia, Sony and Motorola amongst others have promised Oreo updates for their smartphones.
As for Android Nougat, the devices running the OS seems to be rising. The listing shows that Android Nougat (Android 7.0 and Android 7.1) is now running on 17.8 percent (in total) of active devices. In comparison to September, the OS has seen 2 percent increase in figures.
Coming to the older versions of Android, Google has published that Marshmallow runs on 32 percent of devices but is a 0.2 percent drop from last month's number which was 32.2 percent. Android Lollipop takes up 27.7 percent of active Android devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 6.7 percent of devices and Android 5.1 Lollipop at 22 percent that checked into Google Play. Last month, Android Lollipop was running on 28.8 percent of active Android devices.
Further, the Android Developers' dashboard page shows that Android KitKat now powers 14.5 percent of devices compared to 15.1 percent last month. Android Jelly Bean acquires a combined share of 6.6 percent while Ice Cream Sandwich has 0.6 percent share. Finally, Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7), the first of its kind has got a share of 0.6 percent. Quite surprising that there are still phones out there with this OS.
Google doesn't show any version with less than 0.1 percent distribution in the chart. All in all, from the list we can make out the majority of the Android devices are still running either Lollipop or Marshmallow.