The Android Version Share numbers are out for the month of January. Marshmallow is now at 30.7%, up from 29.6%. Its a real shame that with Android 7 Nougat released few months ago or the 2015 version Marshmallow are yet to take a lead. On the other hand Apple’s iOS 10 is now on more than 80% of devices. It is depressing to see a three year old version still leads with a third market share. What’s even worse is that Lollipop share did not decline much this month too and held at 32.9%, down from 33.4%. KitKat dropped market share slightly from 22.6% to 21.9%. JellyBean is now at 11.3, down from %11.6%. It is time that we give up any hopes of new version to pick up fast. Again, 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.
Display size distribution share
The ‘normal’ sized hdpi resolution display (3″-5″ 240dpi) market share decreased from 37.78% to 36.6%. Normal sized xhdpi displays registered slight decrease, to 32.8 from 33.3%. MDPI and TVDPI 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).