Android Nougat surpasses 1 percent usage in Google’s latest report

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Google’s latest Android platform distribution numbers are out, and they show Nougat hitting a milestone in its growth.

Google says that usage of Android Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) is at 1.2 percent, which is the first time that we’ve seen Nougat above 1 percent since its launch in August 2016. Last month, Nougat’s usage was at 0.7 percent.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow usage grew this month, too, going from 29.6 percent in January to 30.7 percent in February. Meanwhile, Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) fell from 33.4 percent in January to 32.9 percent in February.

Android platform distribution February 2017

Android 4.4 KitKat dropped from 22.6 percent to 21.9 percent in this month’s report, while Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) went from 11.6 percent usage in January to 11.3 percent in February.

Rounding out this month’s report is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich slipping from 1.1 percent in January to 1.0 percent in February, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread holding steady at 1.0 percent.

Google determines these numbers by monitoring which versions of Android are used to access the Play Store. For this month’s report, Google gathered data over a 7-day ending on February 6.

It’s disappointing to see that Nougat’s usage is just barely above 1 percent months after its release, but we haven’t exactly seen a ton of huge Nougat updates nor many major phones released with Nougat in tow. That could change in the coming months, though, as devices like the Galaxy S7 get updated to Nougat and new flagships from LG, Samsung, and HTC launch with Android Nougat in tow.

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