Released 18 months ago, Nougat is now the most popular Android OS in the world, having finally overtaken its predecessor, Marshmallow.
Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) is installed on 28.5 per cent of Android phones, according to visits to the Google Play store in the first week of February according to Google’s Android Developers site. Meanwhile, Marshmallow (6.0) is now at 28.1 per cent, and Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) is now at 24.6 per cent. The newest Android OS, Oreo, currently makes up just 1.1 per cent of users.
Android devices have always suffered from fragmentation when it comes to software updates. For a lot of phones, the version of Android that came installed your phone when you bought it is often the one that it’ll always have. But the fact that Nougat — an update that is now over a year and a half old — is just taking the crown for most users truly highlights the issue.
Most iPhone users, by contrast, are generally using the newest software on their phones. According to Apple, 65 per cent of its users are using iOS 11, while 28 per cent are on iOS 10 and the remaining 7 per cent on iOS 9 and earlier.