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Lollipop remains the most popular Android version

Google Android 5.0 Lollipop remains the most popular version as of January 2017
Google Android 5.0 Lollipop
Although Nougat has been around for a while, its usage continues to struggle below 1 percent. Lollipop leads the market with over 33 percent, closely followed by Marshmallow, with nearly 30 percent.

Android Marshmallow has been around long enough to rank as the most popular version in the wild by now, one would think, but the truth is different. According to the latest official usage figures from Google, Lollipop still holds the crown, although it looks like it will lose by the end of the year. 

These are the numbers showing Android usage during a seven-day period ending on January 9:

  • Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.3.7) - 1 percent
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3-4.0.4) - 1.1 percent
  • Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) - 11.6 percent
  • KitKat (4.4) - 22.6 percent
  • Lollipop (5.0-5.1) - 33.4 percent
  • Marshmallow (6.0) - 29.6 percent
  • Nougat (70-7.1) - 0.7 percent

As usual, all versions with less than 0.1 percent are not shown. The most popular OpenGL ES versions are now 3.0, with 42.2 percent, and 2.0, with 40.9 percent. The most popular screen size and density combination is normal/hdpi (240 dpi), with 36.8 percent, closely followed by the same "normal" size (up to 5 inches) and the higher xhdpi density (320 dpi).

In the video below, you can view the evolution of all Android versions in the wild since 2009.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-12 (Update: 2017-01-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.