The Android Version Share numbers are out for the month of November. Marshmallow has continued its stay at the top with 29.7%, down from 30.9% and continues to be the leader of the pack. Lollipop, from 2014, is still at 26.3%, down from 27.2%. Nougat is now at 23.3%, up from 20.6%. Oreo, on the other hand, is at 0.5%, up from 0.3% and barely moving up. As expected, this is mediocre given that iOS11 is already on 52% of devices in just two months time.It is depressing to see a three-year-old version having close to a third of the market share. What’s even worse is that Lollipop share did not decline much this month and held around 27%. KitKat dropped market share slightly to 13.4%, from 13.8%. Nougat will not have decent share until 2018 and version 5 and 6 will continue to have large share well into second half of 2018.
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 reduced to 30.1%, from 30.5%. Normal-sized xhdpi displays increased to 37.2%, from 37.1%. 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).