Well, it's that time of the month again. Like last month, Google's a bit later than it usually is with these numbers, and it isn't because we have a new version of Android for the chart. Although 8.1 has been released, this month's platform distribution numbers don't include it. Nougat continues to make gains, cumulatively adding an extra 2.7% to its slice of the pie, and Oreo has almost doubled to 0.5%. 

If you just want to look at the numbers, here they are:

Android version stats, December 2017

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)

Oreo's gains might seem small, but it has increased ever so slightly faster than Nougat 7.0 did this long after its launch. As always, it takes a while for a new version to build up steam (and OEM support). Since only a handful of phones have been updated to 8.0 since last month, it makes sense.

Nougat's total combined rise of 2.7% isn't quite so high as last month's relatively significant 2.8% increase, but it still represents good progress for the platform. Again, we've seen better numbers historically, but this back-to-back 5.5% total increase over the last couple months is still impressive (and good for consumers).

The less impressive set of numbers is basically everything before Lollipop. It definitely takes a long time for the older API levels to drop off, but the rate of decrease this month has fallen. Last month saw a cumulative 1.4% drop for every version before Lolipop/5.0, while this month only sees a change of 0.8%. That's a bit less.

Everything in the middle of the pack before Android Nougat 7.0 also continues to fall. For the first time since January of last year, Marshmallow 6.0 makes up less than 30% of devices. It's still the single greatest share, but it's falling. Like last month, Marshmallow is the largest loser, with a loss of 1.2%. That's probably partially a result of updates rather than just new sales—as is more likely in the case of earlier versions such as Lollipop/Kit Kat.

As for the 0.4% of you still using Gingerbread: I'm so sorry, Oreo now has a bigger share than you.