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Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat has made its way to company’s latest chart indicating the percentage of devices running on different Android versions. The data reflects devices running on the Google Play Store collected in the first 7 days of November. Android 7.0 Nougat, which was rolled in August, now has 0.3 per cent users in little over a month.
It is interesting to note that Marshmallow had the same adaption rate as Nougat (0.3 per cent) when it first appeared on Android distribution chart in November last year. Google has not put out numbers for Android 7.1 Nougat indicating the OS version has less than 0.1 per cent users as of now. Android 7.1 was announced alongside Pixel smartphones in September.
It is worth noting that devices on the Marshmallow 6.0 have increased from 18.7 percent in September to 24.0 per cent now. We see a drop in Android Lollipop devices from 35 per cent in September to 34.1 per cent in November. According to the chart, the number of users on Lollipop 5.0 version is 11.3 per cent and those on Lollipop 5.1 are 22.8 per cent.
We can also see a drop in Android KiKat 4.4 devices from 27.7 per cent in September to 25.2 per cent now. While Jelly Bean was at 15.6 per cent in September; it is reduced to 13.7 per cent now. Similarly, Ice Cream Sandwich is down to 1.3 per cent, Gingerbread to 1.3 percent and Android Froyo 2.2 to 0.1 percent.
Google started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus devices as well as Pixel C tablet in August. Android 7.0 Nougat brings about features such as split-screen multitasking, and improved notifications. Android N has a new notifications panel that offers quick access to standard features like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. The new OS adds Direct Reply feature which allows users to reply directly from within the notification panel. This helps users skip accessing apps and get things done directly from the notification tray.
The developer preview of Android 7.1 is now available for Nexus lineup of devices. It offers new features such as app shortcuts API, circular app icons support, image keyboard support as well as enhanced live wallpaper metadata. The app shortcuts API allows users to directly access some of the key actions right from the launcher.