Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is now on 19 percent of active devices

android distribution news p logo offset right

Android 8.0 and 8.1 Oreo run on 19.2 percent of active Android devices, according to the Android Developer Dashboard. Since last month, Oreo’s share has increased by about 4.6 percent. But it’s Android 7.0 Nougat that remains the reigning king with 29 percent.

In contrast, Apple’s iOS 12, is now installed on 50 percent of iOS devices as of October 10. The new numbers come only a month after the company released its latest operating system.

Google launched the latest version of its operating system — Android 9.0 Pie — in August. The OS comes packed with a ton of new features ranging from new gesture navigations to a more informative lock screen. Google also included a feature called Digital Wellbeing which is meant to help limit your smartphone usage. It also shows you where you’ve spent the most time on your phone. Since the OS is still new, the percentage of Android P installations on devices have yet to be reflected in the Android Developer Dashboard.

In July, Android 8.0 Oreo doubled its usage, but in August the operating system saw a smaller percentage increase. Meanwhile, Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat has remained stagnant since July’s numbers. But with a 29.3 percent API level, it’s still currently the most used Android operating system.

Although Nougat’s 29 percent market share may sound like a small percentage, it accounts for a lot of phones, especially considering there have been more than 1.4 billion Android devices activated since September 2015. But it nevertheless highlights one of Android’s biggest problems: Fragmentation. Google issues monthly security updates and rolls out version updates to all of its supported Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices, but these are not always released in a timely manner by manufacturers and carriers for other devices.

It’s important to keep in mind, though, that Google’s survey doesn’t account for the millions of Android smartphones in China, as the search giant only collects data from devices that access the Google Play Store, which is not available in China.

Version

Code Name

API

Distribution*

2.3.3 – 2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 0.3 percent
4.0.3 – 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 0.3 percent
4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 1.1 percent
4.2.x 17 1.6 percent
4.3 18 0.5 percent
4.4 KitKat 19 7.8 percent
5.0 Lollipop 21 3.6 percent
5.1 22 14.7 percent
6.0 Marshmallow 23 21.6 percent
7.0 Nougat 24 19.0 percent
7.1 25 10.3 percent
8.0 Oreo 26 13.4 percent
8.1  27 5.8 percent

*The data above is from Google. It was collected during a seven-day period ending on September 28, 2018. Any versions with less than 0.1 percent distribution are not shown.

Android’s notoriously bad fragmentation was the catalyst for Project Treble, a system-level change in Android Oreo that bypasses much of the testing currently required by manufacturers, chipmakers, and carriers. But it isn’t backward-compatible — older Android devices will remain stuck on the old upgrade cycle.

We will continue to update this post as Google updates its Android distribution figures.

Updated on October 24, 2018: Added the latest Android distribution statistics.

Mobile

Most Android antivirus apps fail to provide malware protection, study shows

A study by AV-Comparatives analyzed the effectiveness of Android antivirus apps in protecting against the 2,000 most common malware threats. Alarmingly, only 23 of the apps were able to detect 100 percent of the malware samples.
Mobile

Google Fi: Phones, plans, pricing, perks, and more explained

Google's wireless service, formerly Project Fi, now goes by the name of Google Fi, and it's now compatible with a majority of Android phones, as well as iPhones. Here's everything you need to know about Google Fi.
Mobile

Rooting your Android device is risky. Do it right with our handy guide

Wondering whether to root your Android smartphone or stick with stock Android? Perhaps you’ve decided to do it and you just need to know how? Here, you'll find an explanation and a quick guide on how to root Android devices.
Mobile

How to download and install Google’s next-gen Android Q beta?

The first beta for Google's next-generation mobile operating system, Android Q, is finally here -- and you can download and install it yourself. Here's how to download and install the Android Q beta.
Home Theater

Apple’s new AirPods bring only minor updates to the much-loved originals

Apple has announced its new AirPods, the much-anticipated follow-up to Apple's wildly popular AirPods. With optional wireless charging and hands-free Siri, it's a minor update, but a welcome one.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Wearables

Spring is here, and Apple’s beautiful new Watch bands will help you celebrate

Apple knows that seasons matter in the fashion world, and has refreshed its most popular Apple Watch bands to celebrate the arrival of spring. See them all, including our new favorite teal versions, here.
Mobile

Google hit with another fine by the EU, this time for $1.7 billion

Google has been fined for the third time by the EU, this time for breaching antitrust laws by requiring third-party websites using its search function to prioritize its ads over competitors.
Deals

Get your hands (and ears) on Apple’s new AirPods — here’s where to find them

Apple's new AirPods with wireless charging are the latest version of the much-loved wireless earbuds. Unfortunately, they aren't widely available yet. Here's where you can find them right now, and where they will show up soon.
Mobile

You can now use the innovative Red Hydrogen One on Google Fi

The Red Hydrogen One was first announced in 2017 and has been delayed a few times since then. Now, the Red Hydrogen One is finally available, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
Mobile

Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat may be coming soon

At its September event in 2017, Apple unveiled the AirPower, a new wireless charging mat that will allow you to charge multiple devices at one time. It has not yet been released. Here's everything we know about the device so far.
Deals

The best Apple AirPods alternatives for Android, Windows, and iOS devices

Apple AirPods might be new and improved, but they aren't the only game in town. Other makers are offering their own truly wireless earbuds, with attractive features. These are the best AirPod alternatives on the market today.
Product Review

There’s almost nothing bad to say about the Mi Mix 3, but you still shouldn’t buy it

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is good-looking, really well made, packed with features, and is a powerful, modern, desirable smartphone. But you probably shouldn’t buy it. Why? Nothing wrong with the device itself, but Xiaomi itself is mostly to…
Deals

Here are 20 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded up 20 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.