After skipping last month, Google has now released the latest statistics for the distribution of Android versions across all devices that have Google Play Services installed. This information is based on data collected over a 7 day period ending today, April 16th, and it’s the most accurate information we have regarding the distribution of Android devices with particular versions of the Android OS. The updated statistics show that Android Oreo (Android 8.0 and Android 8.1) has seen a significant bump from 1.1% in February 2018 to 4.6% in April 2018. Meanwhile, Android Nougat is still king as the 7.X release is installed on approximately 30.8% of all devices.
Here are the updated numbers with a comparison to the previously available statistics:
|Android Version||February 2018||April 2018|
|Android Ice Cream Sandwich||0.4%||0.4%|
|Android Jelly Bean||5%||4.6%|
The jump in Oreo’s install base is likely due to the plethora of Android devices that have received the update in the past 2 months. It’s likely that the release of Android Oreo for the Exynos and Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 was the biggest contributor to this change. Android P is nowhere to be seen since it is only available as an opt-in Developer Preview on the Google Pixel devices. The rest of the distribution changes reflect the growing importance of Android Nougat and Oreo, so expect the numbers for all other versions to continue trending downwards.
Of course, the statistics don’t reflect devices without Google Play Services, so we’re missing out on all Android users in China. Still, the purpose of these statistics is to help developers decide which versions of Android are worth targeting. Soon, the Google Play Store will require all apps to target SDK level 26, but what developers choose as the minimum SDK level is still up to them. It is still recommended to set the minimum SDK level to 19—Android 4.4 KitKat.