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Android Version Share : 2015’s Marshmallow extends lead, Nougat is now third in list

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).


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