Android platform distribution, August 2016: Modest Marshmallow gains, Lollipop losses reverse
Android platform distribution, September 2016: Marshmallow climbs, and not much else
Android platform distribution, November 2016: Nougat shows up, Marshmallow surges to 24%
Android platform distribution, December 2016: KitKat is finally toppled, Nougat doesn't move much
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December's Android platform distribution numbers are up and... not much exciting has changed in the last month, to be honest. The only real milestone we're seeing is that Android 4.4 KitKat is finally no longer the most common API level of the platform, having been usurped by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. KitKat's dominant streak was around two years - let's hope Marshmallow doesn't sit on the throne that long.
This does mean that the most common version of the platform is now only two API versions behind the most recent version (Android 7.1, API level 25). The reason KitKat was so long dominant is that Android 5.0 and 5.1 were split into two platform versions because of their differing API levels. So, really, Lollipop remains the "dominant" Android version if we combine the two versions, but Marshmallow is now the single most prevalent version of the platform by individual API level.
Nougat crept up 0.1 points versus last month, to just 0.4%.
Android version stats, December2016
|Android version||Previous data (%)||Current data (%)||Change (pp)|
- Android Developers