We get it, Google. You’re busy with a lot of things, and platform distribution updates can fall by the wayside. Still, the most recent two-month gap was unusual. Someone finally had time to spit out new numbers today, and it’s actually rather good news. Oreo usage is up to 12.2% across both versions, which is more than double where it was back in May.
This market share for Google’s latest OS version isn’t objectively good, but it’s good for a new version of Android. For its entire run, Oreo usage was tracking several percentage points behind Nougat (at the same time in 2017). With this latest update, Oreo has surged past the pace set by Nougat. In July 2017, Nougat was sitting at 11.5%.
Android version stats, July 2018
|Android version||Previous data (%)||Current data (%)||Change (pp)|
The last time Google updated the platform distribution numbers, Oreo was at just 5.7% of total devices. So, it’s more than doubled in the last two-three months. This is an imperfect measurement because Google is releasing this data near the end of July instead of at the beginning. These are still solid numbers for Oreo—it’s finally taking off. Just in time for Android P to launch, right? Gingerbread usage also ticked down to 0.2% from 0.3%. One step closer to removal.