Android Nougat running on roughly one percent of smartphones

Android Nougat

Google launched Android 7.0 Nougat in 2016 with high expectations. Initially, the new Android platform was made available on select Android smartphones such as Pixel and Pixel XL. However, LG also released a flagship smartphone with Android Nougat. The biggest problem with Android Nougat loaded smartphones is that they are expensive and unaffordable to common consumers.

According to a recently published internal report, Google disclosed that the market share of Android Nougat had reached one percent mark on the Google play distribution charts. The results were gathered after six months of the official launch.

After Google Pixel and Pixel XL, several flagship handsets such as Google Nexus was refreshed with Android Nougat. Meanwhile, other smartphone giants such as Sony, Huawei, and Samsung are also expected to roll out Android Nougat builds before Q2 2017.

Based on the reports sourced in the Google play Distribution charts, Android Marshmallow and Android Lollipop account for a significant chunk of 59 percent. Since Android Nougat is regarded as a stable and secure alternative to the Android platform, we can assume that the new Android platform will hit various markets in 2017.

Nearly 33 percent of all the Android smartphones are virtually running on Android Marshmallow, which is a huge hit not only with the customers but also for handset manufacturers. Moreover, 12 percent of all Android smartphones continue to run on Android KitKat and Android Jellybean since the phones are loaded with the stock release.

You cannot upgrade your old smartphone if it is loaded with the stock Android release. For example, we have Xolo A500S IPS smartphone, which is not possible to upgrade because it contains stock release. Hence, we either have to use it or exchange with other smartphones.

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When it comes to Android Froyo, Google is no loner providing support for the old Android release. However, the number of people using the version are very minimal.

That said, Android Nougat has only entered the smartphone field but not into a tablet. It remains to be seen as to when Android Nougat-based tablet will be released. There are reports that Nokia is gearing up to release Android Nougat loaded tablet during the MWC 2017. However, you need to wait at least the next few months for the Nougat to enter the tablet device segment.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at