Every month Google releases an infographic detailing the share occupied by different versions of Android OS. This month too, the numbers are in. And there is nothing very surprising here. Unless Google puts a foot in and resolves to end this fragmentation once and for all. Here are the numbers for June 2017.
Last month we saw Android Lollipop and Marshmallow combine to occupy the biggest share of the Android pie. They still do. With a more than 60% share, the two have been the dominating versions on Android smartphones. The KitKat share of 16% says it all about the sorry state of the Android OS division. In comparison, Android Nougat is still on 13.5% even when you count both 7.0 and 7.1 in it. Nougat has been particularly slow when you see Marshmallow was on 18.7% of devices after it was out for 11 months.
In the coming months, that should change as more phones ship with the latest OS. We will see KitKat and Lollipop shares decreasing as well soon. Also, Android O will soon claim it’s piece of the pie when it launches. But that will take at least 3 to 4 months from now. At least, we can say that Android has matured enough that using a one-year-old version won’t suck that much.