The new Android distribution report came out for January 2017, and it shows a small rise in the amount of people who have Android Nougat installed on their device. This is actually really good news because it shows more people, even just a fraction, are moving to the newest Android operating system.
Android Nougat Increases in January Android Distribution Report
When you look at the Android Distribution Report for January 2017, you can see a small rise for Android Nougat. The report, which was posted by Google, showed Android Nougat went up .5 percent for January 2017. When you look at the December number, Android 7.0 only increased .4 percent, so it went up .1 percent in a month. Android 7.1 showed up for the first time in the Distribution Report, and it wound up with .2 percent. When you combine both Android Nougat versions, it means that Android Nougat is on .7 percent of all devices.
Going on down the list, Android Marshmallow, which is Android 6.0, ended up with 29.6 percent of the market for January. This is an increase from December of 3.3 percent, which is actually pretty significant. Android Lollipop, both Android 5.0 and Android 5.1, ended up getting 33.4 percent of the Android Distribution, which is down .6 percent from December 2016. Looking even further down the Android version list, Android 4.4 KitKat is now at 22.6 percent, which is 1.4 percent lower than December. Android 4.1 through Android 4.3, which is Jelly Bean, had 11.6 percent for the month of January 2017. This is about 1.2 percent lower than the distribution from December 2016.
The interesting news out of the new Android Distribution Report for January 2017 is that Google is getting rid of Froyo. This is one of the oldest versions of Android out there, and it is going away completely because the numbers are below .1 percent now. Pretty soon, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich will be going the way of the birds too because they are only sitting at 1 percent in the newest report.
The best part about this report is that it is showing more people are willing to update their Android devices, with many of them going to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is good because there is less of a security risk for your Android device if you update your Android to one of the newer operating systems. If you are still using Android 5.0 or below, it makes it more likely you will experience security issues or malware on your Android device.