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Google Play Services drops support for Android 4.0 ICS

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Android 4.0, nicknamed 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' was an exciting release. It brought all the improvements in Honeycomb back to smartphones, and for the first time ever, Android had a somewhat-cohesive visual style. However, those days have long since passed, with 4.0-4.0.4 now representing less than 0.5% of the overall Android install base.

Google announced today that Play Services, the framework that provides key APIs and allows the Play Store to function, will no longer support Ice Cream Sandwich moving forward.

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Google Play Services drops support for Android 4.0 ICS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s July 2018 Android platform update shows Oreo usage more than doubling since May

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

We get it, Google. You're busy with a lot of things, and platform distribution updates can fall by the wayside. Still, the most recent two-month gap was unusual. Someone finally had time to spit out new numbers today, and it's actually rather good news. Oreo usage is up to 12.2% across both versions, which is more than double where it was back in May.

This market share for Google's latest OS version isn't objectively good, but it's good for a new version of Android.

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Google's July 2018 Android platform update shows Oreo usage more than doubling since May was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

May 2018 Android platform distribution shows Oreo at 5.7%

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

The big news today is all from Google I/O today, but that's not all we have to talk about. The developer dashboard has also gotten an update with new platform distribution numbers. So, Oreo is huge now, right? No, it's at a modest 5.7% usage share. That's up from just under 5% last time. That's behind Nougat's pace last year.

Here's a breakdown of this month's numbers.

Android version stats, May 2018

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)
2.30.30.30
4.00.40.40
4.11.71.5-0.2
4.22.22.20
4.30.60.60
4.410.510.3-0.2
5.04.94.8-0.1
5.11817.6-0.4
6.02625.5-0.5
7.02322.9-0.1
7.17.88.2+0.4
8.04.14.9+0.8
8.10.50.8+0.3

Oreo versions are up a little more than one point in total, which isn't necessarily bad.

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May 2018 Android platform distribution shows Oreo at 5.7% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A brief history of Android tablets: From galaxies to gravestones

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The year was 2010, and Apple made good on the rumor mill's predictions when it unveiled the iPad. This device was, essentially, a bigger iPhone without the phone part. It turns out that consumers were into that sort of thing, and the first modern tablet sold in huge numbers. Not to be outdone, Android OEMs began launching Android-powered slates. For a time, it seemed like Android tablets would be a thing, but sales slumped, and most current Android tablets are ultra-low-cost junk.

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A brief history of Android tablets: From galaxies to gravestones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android version stats for April 2018 show Oreo sitting at less than 5% after another modest gain

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Things must be busy at the Googleplex right now. That's the only reason I can think that Google couldn't get someone to dump the latest platform distribution data online for the last six weeks. The last time we had fresh numbers was the beginning of February, but Google has just issued an out-of-cycle dashboard update with new numbers. There are no surprises here—Oreo is still growing (slowly) and old versions of Android are shrinking (slowly).

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Android version stats for April 2018 show Oreo sitting at less than 5% after another modest gain was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Skype expands compatibility to Android 4.0.3 and above

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Most applications have long since dropped support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, since the version is now only used on 0.4% of all Android devices (as of February 2018). Skype dropped support for Android 4.0.3-5.1 in June 2017, with the app now requiring 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. Microsoft is now reversing that switch, by re-adding support for those versions.

On the official Skype blog, Microsoft announced that it is releasing "a new optimized version of Skype for our customers on Android devices 4.0.3 to 5." It's not rolling out yet, so I'm unable to test it on my KitKat-powered Galaxy Player, but the company says it is lighter on both disk and memory consumption.

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Skype expands compatibility to Android 4.0.3 and above was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

February 2018 Android platform distribution: Oreo breaks 1% usage and Nougat is finally on top

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Android 8.0 has been a low burn since its release last fall. It's been gaining a tenth of a percent here and there on the distribution charts, and Android 8.1 just appeared last month. This month, there's a slightly larger bump that finally pushed the latest and greatest Android up over 1%.

As usual, here are all the numbers compared to last month.

Android version stats, February 2018

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)
2.30.40.3-0.1
4.00.50.4-0.1
4.11.91.7-0.2
4.22.92.6-0.3
4.30.80.7-0.1
4.412.812-0.8
5.05.75.4-0.3
5.119.419.2-0.2
6.028.628.1-0.5
7.021.122.3+1.2
7.15.26.2+1.0
8.00.50.8+0.3
8.10.20.3+0.1

The data is pretty straightforward this month—every version except for Nougat and Oreo lost a few tenths of a percent.

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February 2018 Android platform distribution: Oreo breaks 1% usage and Nougat is finally on top was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

January 2018 platform distribution numbers show Oreo still at less than 1%

Monday, January 8th, 2018

The time has come again for Google to provide an overview of what versions of Android are out there in the wild. Last month saw some big (proportional) gains for Oreo as most other version of Android continued to slide. This time, we have the first appearance of Android 8.1, but Oreo's adoption is still in lock-step with Nougat last year.

Here's a breakdown of this month's changes.

Android version stats, January 2018

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)
2.30.40.40
4.00.50.50
4.12.01.9-0.1
4.23.02.9-0.1
4.30.90.8-0.1
4.413.412.8-0.6
5.06.15.7-0.4
5.120.219.4-0.8
6.029.728.6-1.1
7.019.321.1+1.8
7.14.05.2+1.2
8.00.50.50
8.100.2+0.2

As you can see, Nougat is still on the rise, and most earlier versions ticked downward just a bit.

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January 2018 platform distribution numbers show Oreo still at less than 1% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo’s piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat’s share continues to grow

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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)
2.30.50.4-0.1
4.00.50.50
4.12.22.0-0.2
4.23.13.0-0.1
4.30.90.90
4.413.813.4-0.4
5.06.46.1-0.3
5.120.820.2-0.6
6.030.929.7-1.2
7.017.619.3+1.7
7.13.04.0+1.0
8.00.30.5+0.2

Oreo's gains might seem small, but it has increased ever so slightly faster than Nougat/7.0 did this long after its launch.

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December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo's piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat's share continues to grow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo’s piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat’s share continues to grow

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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)
2.30.50.4-0.1
4.00.50.50
4.12.22.0-0.2
4.23.13.0-0.1
4.30.90.90
4.413.813.4-0.4
5.06.46.1-0.3
5.120.820.2-0.6
6.030.929.7-1.2
7.017.619.3+1.7
7.13.04.0+1.0
8.00.30.5+0.2

Oreo's gains might seem small, but it has increased ever so slightly faster than Nougat/7.0 did this long after its launch.

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December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo's piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat's share continues to grow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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