With all recently announced Android smartphones shipping with Android 7.0 Nougat OS out-of-the-box and many OEMs pushing Google’s latest mobile OS on their older devices as well, the Android firmware is seeing good growth. The latest official Android distribution numbers for March shows that the Android 7.0 and 7.1 have gained double the growth with a total of 2.8 percent. Compared to the numbers recorded last month, the numbers of the combined Nougat version up to 1.6 percent.
Android Marshmallow 6.0, meanwhile pacing at a slow rate has gained 31.3 percent of Android users from 30.7 percent last month. But the OS still continues to be the single most used version of Android. Android Lollipop 5.0 and 5.1 combined for 32.5 percent share, with a fall of .4 percent since last month (32.5 percent). Android KitKat earned 20.8 percent of Android distribution in March, a 1.1 percent decrease compared to 21.9 percent in February. Jelly Bean’s combined share went down from 11.3 percent in February to 10.6 percent in March. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread share remained the same from February to March, both at 1.0 percent.
Samsung in late-January this year roll out Android Nougat update on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in India. The mobile carrier Verizon and pushed the latest OS update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge last month. Lenovo-owned Motorola also began rolling out Nougat update on Moto G4, G4 Plus, and Moto Z Play devices. Honor meanwhile has appeased the beta testers for Honor 6x with EMUI 5.0. LG has also recently confirmed the Android Nougat update for its LG G4 and LG V10 devices.