Android has come a long way since its inception in 2008 to become the top operating system for smartphone. From the Android 1.0 to the latest Android 8.0 Oreo, Android 7.0 Nougat version is the most used version of Android according to a new report on Google’s developer portal today. According to the report, the two versions of Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) run almost on 28.5 percent of all devices.
The recent Nougat score beats the previous record of Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched in 2015 which stands around 28.1 percent. Though the new Android 8.0 Oreo runs only on 1.1 percent of all devices, it still has improved over the 0.2 percent it had on October 2 last year. Going on the record, we are sure that it will go on to break Nougat’s record and become the most used Android version.
Android’s open source may be a win, but its largest problem is its fragmentation of software updates. Usually, many users still like to keep the Android version that came bundled with the device because of glitches and performance problems. But many do go for the newer update for new features even it means less internal storage for them. Android Nougat update is now over and a year and a half old, and this finding points out the issue.
If we compare to its rival Apple’s iOS, there is almost the same percentage of users ( 28 percent) using the two-year-old iOS 10, but it’s overshadowed by the 65 percent of users who are using the latest version of the operating system, the iOS 11. Though closed sourced, Apple users seem to have no problem in using the latest version of the OS which emphasises how much Android has to achieve in comparison with iOS.