Android Nougat has finally eclipsed Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich in market share, but that’s not something to brag about.
Nougat, which is Android’s latest and most feature-packed version, has been publicly available in its final form since last August. And yet, six months later, it only managed to reach 1.2 percent of all active Android smart devices according to the latest statistics from Android Developers.
As you can see, you have to combine versions 7.0 and 7.1 to get that percentage.
That means it’s on more devices than 2.3 Gingerbread or 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which have one percent of the total each, but put together, the two older versions still have a larger coverage than Nougat. Yikes!
More saddening is how Gingerbread and ICS have been around since 2011, and the former is even set to lose full functionality sometime soon.
The only bright spot is 6.0 Marshmallow catching up to the older Lollipop. While that isn’t exactly great news, Marshmallow is the closest thing most people have to Nougat.
This is possibly the worst distribution Google has ever done for Android. It’s a shame, really, as Nougat is the most mature and complete mobile operating system (OS) the search giant has ever released.
We imagine the developers struggling to roll it out more so in the coming months, with the initial distribution of Android Wear 2.0 to smartwatches set to take up most of their time.
In contrast, the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS, iOS 10, is already on 76 percent of all iPhones and iPads. We’re not sure how to feel about this disparity anymore.