The latest numbers are in and Oreo is on the charts! True, version 8.0 measured just 0.2% of all Androids out there but we think that number will grow quickly at the end of the year when a variety of flagships get the update.
As for older versions, 7.0 Nougat grew 2 percentage points while 6.0 Marshmallow remained flat. On the plus side, Lollipop, KitKat and all the other older versions are shrinking slowly but surely.
|2.3.3 - 2.3.7||Gingerbread||10||0.6%|
|4.0.3 - 4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||15||0.6%|
There’s a growing movement among manufacturers to reduce the modifications they make to Android – HMD for one has committed to updating even its entry-level phones all the way to Android P. Project Treble will surely help as well.
Do not completely close the code. But limiting how far OEMs can customize.
Manufacturers shouldn't even care about it. XXI century OS should have a proper driver subsystem and deployment subsystem and should be distributed in binaries.
So, more phones are running Gingerbread than Oreo