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Android Version Share : 2014’s Lollipop still leads with 32%, Nougat at mediocre 7.1%

The Android Version Share numbers are out for the month of April. Marshmallow has stayed at 31.2%. Still, Lollipop from 2014 is the largest version of Android in use right now, at 32%. Nougat is now at 7.1%, up from 4.9%. Its a real shame that with Android 7 Nougat released in 2016 or the 2015 version Marshmallow are yet to take a lead. On the other hand Apple’s iOS 10 released in 2016 is on 80% of devices. It is depressing to see a three year old version having close to a third market share. What’s even worse is that Lollipop share did not decline this month and held steady at 32%. KitKat dropped market share slightly to 18.8% from 20%. JellyBean increased market share (for some weird reason) and is now at 9.1%, up from 8.1%. Nougat will not have decent share till late 2018 and version 5 and 6 will continue to have large share well into 2017. We will not be surprised to see Nougat struggling to reach 20% by end of this year.

Here is the new chart compared with previous chart

Display size distribution share

The ‘normal’ sized hdpi resolution display (3″-5″ 240dpi) market share decreased from 35.4% to 34.6%. Normal sized xhdpi displays registered slight increase, to 34.8% from 34.3%. MDPI also managed increased marketshare. HDPI and XHDPI resolution displays now hold 70%+ marketshare. The increase in higher resolution and large display share shows that users are more interested in devices with bigger display size and also prefer higher resolution.


Reference set of six generalized densities:

  • ldpi (low) ~120dpi
  • mdpi (medium) ~160dpi
  • hdpi (high) ~240dpi
  • xhdpi (extra-high) ~320dpi
  • xxhdpi (extra-extra-high) ~480dpi
  • xxxhdpi (extra-extra-extra-high) ~640dpi

The generalized sizes and densities are arranged around a baseline configuration that is a normal size and mdpi (medium) density. This baseline is based upon the screen configuration for the first Android-powered device, the T-Mobile G1, which has an HVGA screen (until Android 1.6, this was the only screen configuration that Android supported).


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