Sharing the latest distribution data of different versions of Android, Google reported that Marshmallow has a total share of 30.9 percent of Android devices that check into Google Play, which means it still powers the majority of Android devices.
That estimate roughly matches Google's most recent Android distribution figures, which were updated a few days ago for the week ending on November 9. Well, what else do you expect when the latest version of Android is only running on a couple of smartphones like last-gen Nexus, first and second-gen Pixel, and, some Sony smartphones?
Ahead in the report, Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop, now supports 6.4 and 20.8 percent devices respectively, which makes it the second most used operating system after Marshmallow. With Android 8.1 Oreo, when a device is running low on space, an automatic cleanup process will tidy after these unused apps.
Meanwhile, Android 7.0 rose 1.8 percentage points to 17.6%, while 7.1 saw a one point increased to 3%. Last month, Android Nougat (Android 7.0 and Android 7.1) was running on 17.8 percent of active devices. The almost two-and-half year old Android 6.0 Marshmallow continues to dominate with 30.9 per cent of Android devices, though it is down from 32 per cent in October.
Just like Android 8.1, this is still in beta and there is no official announcement on when it will move into the stable stage and be ready to consumers. Two-year-old Android Lollipop and below now account for about half of all Android devices. KitKat is at 13.8% and Jelly Bean fell to 6.2%. This includes 2.2 per cent on version 4.1.x, 3.1 per cent of version 4.2.x and 0.9 per cent on version 4.3.