The Android Version Share numbers are out for the month of August. Marshmallow has continued its stay at the top with 32.2%, down from 32.3% and continues to be the leader of the pack. Lollipop, from 2014, is still at 28.9%, down from 29.2%. Nougat is now at 15.8%, up from 13.5%. Finally, Nougat is finally into top 3, dethroning KitKat. Nougat share increased from 13.5% to 15.8%. On the other hand, Apple’s iOS 10 released in 2016 is on 90% of devices. It is depressing to see a three-year-old version having close to a third of market share. What’s even worse is that Lollipop share did not decline much this month and held around 30%. KitKat dropped market share slightly to 15.1%, from 16%. Nougat will not have decent share till 2018 and version 5 and 6 will continue to have large share well into 2017.
Here is the new chart compared with the previous chart
Display size distribution share
The ‘normal’ sized hdpi resolution display (3″-5″ 240dpi) market share registered decrease to 31.3% from 31.7%. Normal-sized xhdpi displays increased to 36.1% from 35.5%. MDPI also managed to increase market share. HDPI and XHDPI resolution display now hold 70% market share. The increase in higher resolution and large display share shows that users are more interested in devices with bigger display size and also prefer the higher resolution.
A 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).