The Android Version Share numbers are out for the month of December. Marshmallow is now at 29.6%, up from 26.4%. Its a real shame that with Android 7 Nougat released few months ago, the last year’s version is yet to take a lead. On the other hand Apple’s iOS 10 is now on nearly 80% of devices. What’s even worse is that Lollipop share did not decline much this month too and held at 33.4%, down from 34%. KitKat dropped market share slightly from 24% to 22.6%. Its depressing to see a three year old version still leads with a third market share. JellyBean is now at 11.6%, down from 12.8%. Froyo has finally disappeared from the list. 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 not even reaching 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 38% to 37.7%. Normal sized xhdpi displays registered increase to 33.3% from 31.4%. MDPI decreased in marketshare while tvdpi resolution display share registered same share. HDPI and XHDPI resolution displays now hold 71% of marketshare. The increase in higher resolution and large display share shows that users are more interested in phones 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).