Google released the newest Android platform distribution numbers and they show Nougat is at 9.5%, with 0.6% of all Android devices running on the latest 7.1 iteration.
The most popular release is Android 6.0 Marshmallow with 31.2%, while Lollipop makes 30.8%.
|2.3.3 - 2.3.7||Gingerbread||0.8%|
|4.0.3 - 4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||0.8%|
|4.1.x - 4.3||Jelly Bean||8.8%|
The number 9.5% is confirming the steady rise of Nougat-running devices. The percentage was 7.1% in early May and under 5% two months ago. It is likely that Android OS 7.x won't surpass the two more popular releases before Android O is already available.
Another interesting data is the 0.8% share for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, who just refuse to fade away. When combined with Jelly Bean and KitKat, all the pre-2014 flavors add up to 30%.
How is my comment stupid, when midrange phones and low end budget phones get either Android 5 or 6 and will never be updated official to 7 or next 8. Even my Asus Nexus 7 2013 don't get Android 7, but in specs wise it should still be okay for 7 ...
What is lineage?
Bug fixes and security updates are necessary. Most phones don't even get them.