A new Android sharing report has been released by Google about the growth and fragmentation of its mobile OS.
It’s inevitable that all the Android distributions will never have the same spread of iOS equivalents.
They could if all smartphones had “stock” Android – therefore only supported by Google – but since every OEM (manufacturer) customize their own Android release, with their own software, the times are different.
In fact some like Nubia or Meizu, use to update the user interface but not the operating system.
Some statistics from this Android sharing report
One month after Android “O” 8.0 launch, Nougat earns 2% of the shares in June, rising from 9.5% to 11.5% at the beginning of July.
The most popular release is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which dominates with its 31.8%. The second ranked position is Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is used by 30.1% of users, since with it, the graphical experience changed a lot compared to the previous versions of the os (kitkat) and also the smoothness of the system.
It is curious to note in the statistics that a small percentage (0.7%) of devices still use Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, released in the old 2010-2011.
The Android 4.4 KitKat sharing is remarkable, down from about 18% points of June, to approximately 17% of the current month.
Here you a simple table about the data we have just talked about.
Is useless to state that Android fragmentation will never vanish, Android is an open-source operating system and so, everyone can change it as needed and adapt it with almost every kind of devices, even ones way different from smartphones.
In fact there are some boxes, which keep inside of them Android as OS thanks to its versatility and smoothness, if well supported by the hardware.
It is an example the Minix Neo U9-H, that we have analyzed yesterday in its related post.
Apart this question, we can say that Android is doing better year after year, and even if it is not optimized as iOS (it cannot be due to its cross-platform support) it is showing great capabilities.
Maybe, within some years, it will completely dominate the markets.