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Listing The Most Popular Android Versions of 2018

Here is the latest list of Most Popular Android Versions. The Most Popular Android Versions of 2018

Are you an Android Geek?

Yes...No...Can't Decide!

Whether you love android or hate it, you can't surely ignore it. Especially with names of creative desserts like Oreo, Marshmallow, Kitkat, Cupcake and many more.

Over the last few years, Android has conquered the market by being one of the most favored operating system for smartphones. That’s the reason why we decided to treat you with the latest list of the most popular android versions of the year 2018.

But before we provide you a brief idea about all types and kinds of Android Versions, first it’s time to know which android version update is topping the charts by being the most popular android version.

Android market Stats

This is the Market Contribution of top Android Versions in the month of July 2018:

  • Android Nougat (7.0, 7.1 versions) - 30.8%
  • Android Marshmallow (6.0 version) - 23.5%
  • Android Lollipop (5.0, 5.1 versions) - 20.4%
  • Android Oreo (8.0, 8.1 versions) - 12.1%
  • Android KitKat (4.4 version) - 9.1%
  • Android Jelly Bean (4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x versions) - 3.6%
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3, 4.0.4 versions) - 0.3%
  • Android Gingerbread (2.3.3 to 2.3.7 versions) - 0.2%

As you can see in the above-mentioned stats, currently the most popular android version is Android Nougat/Android Version 7.0 & 7.1. And ranking behind in the list of most popular android versions is Android Marshmallow also referred to as Android 6 version update.

Android Pie is currently not mentioned in this list of the most popular android versions as it is the latest entrant in the Android updates and not much reports have included Android P in it.

Although Android Oreo is rising at an alarming rate but still there are three other versions to cross to attain the first position as the most popular android version of 2018.

So now, we think it would be much better if we can refresh your memory with all the android versions that have been launched. We would be skipping the Alpha and Beta versions of Android as the scenario of naming versions on desserts started from the alphabet C.

Android 1.5

Android Cupcake

The Android Cupcake was the third version of Android developed by Google i.e. Android version 1.5 that received a major platform-release in the mid of 2009. This version included features like Bluetooth support and on-screen keyboard with few UI changes.

Android Donut

After Cupcake came the fourth version i.e. the Android Donut that threw light on many essential features, some of them being - CDMA Smartphone Support, text to speech search engine, support for additional screen sizes etc.

Android Eclair

Next the Google's Android Mobile Operating System developed the 2.0 version called by the name Android Eclair. There were simultaneous version updates released till the beginning of 2010 which improved features like Google Maps and Email App Support.

Other than that, many new features were also added in Android OS like flash support, camera & photo editing tools, live wallpapers, and access to virtual private networks APIs.

Android Froyo

The 6th Android version update was called Froyo which is a short for Frozen Yoghurt. This android version basically enhanced the already existing characteristics like speed and user interface. Google redesigned the home screen and gave better functionality for the mobile devices.

Wi-Fi Hotspot and USB Tethering were two of the most prominent upgrades in this 2.2.3 android update.

Android Gingerbread

Android Gingerbread was the first android version that gained huge worldwide popularity during its release. Named after cookies this version, was unique and fresh at the same time. An array of new features was included with sensors like gravimeter and barometer.

With Gingerbread update, many improvements were made in the setting and menu section to establish easier user navigation flow.

Android Honeycomb

Launched in the year 2011, the Android Honeycomb was the 8th android version update and was particularly focusing on the tablet devices. The honeycomb update was responsible for the Holographic user interface theme into action complete with widgets and multitasking options.

android os version distribution

Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Next update was of Android Ice Cream Sandwich i.e. Android 4.0 which focused on presenting a clearer overview of the operating system and its functioning. This update brought features like NFC (Near Field Communication), visual voicemail, and ability to limit while monitoring the mobile data usage.

Also, from the ice cream sandwich, Google decided to bring all its services under a single roof hence Google Play.

Android Jelly Bean

Android Version 4.1 also known as Jelly Bean, was revealed at the 2012 Google I/O Developer Conference. And displayed the world its all-new feature of Voice Typing with the help of inbuilt speech to text mechanism.

Jelly Bean's aim was to further improve the user interface and enhance the OS functionality with the help of 'Google Now'. This was a successful attempt as the overall performance did improve immensely.

Android KitKat

Initially, Android 4.4 was codenamed as Key Lime Pie but Google decided to change it as they wanted a dessert name that way more popular among the people. So, Google partnered with Nestle and named this version as Kitkat.

With Kitkat, the company wanted to prioritize on optimizing the android operating system for the entry-level devices that have limited resources.

Fun Fact: As per Google's latest statistics reports of July 2018, 9.1% of all android devices that access Google Play run on KitKat.

Android Lollipop

Lollipop was also referred to as the 5.0 version update, with which android proceeded to take over a wide range of devices including smart watches, smart phones and smart televisions as well. With this, lollipop also offered a completely new run-time like the battery saving feature to save your device from damage caused by low battery.

Android Marshmallow

Marshmallow a.k.a. Android 6.0, was first released to the Google's Nexus devices and delivered an entirely new experience in terms of architecture and APIs. Users get to use a new power management system to reduce the background activities and also got native support for their fingerprint recognition.

With Android M's opt-in system, the users are now prompted to grant/deny the permissions for accessing a feature like microphone or app.

Android Nougat

The update of Nougat offered elements like quick switching among the applications, a multi-window view with an advanced notification bar. Another exciting thing that Android N brought was more than 1400 emojis along with a battery saver feature.

Before the official release in 2016, this nougat update was referred to as 'New York Cheesecake'.

Android Oreo

The Oreo update is considered to one of the most revolutionary updates. As Android O delivers the user an entire set of features like the PIP mode, advanced security measures, notification dots and much more.

With Picture-in-picture support, battery usage optimization, Bluetooth 5, and Wi-Fi Aware, Oreo also introduced major platform feature of Android Go specifically focusing on low-end smart devices.

Android Pie

The latest to enter in this series of Android Versions and their updates is the Android Pie also code-named as Android P. Right now, it wouldn't be fair to call Android P as a revolutionary update until we can see the following updates that this 9.0 update has in cards for us.

Top Features of Android Pie to know

Now, let's have a look at these handy features that Android P has to offer its users:

  • Slices: With Slices, the user can get access to a functionality of an app while being outside of the app. For example, the user typed GrubHub in the Google search then a slice will pop-up on the screen regarding GrubHub to make an order. This eliminates the need to even open the GrubHub app while getting the task done.
  • Upgraded Messaging App: The latest version ‘Pie’ has upgraded the messaging application further resulting in an improved instant interaction. Now, the user can simply view the image straight from the notification bar and revert back.
  • Indoor Navigation with Wi-Fi Protocol: Also known as Indoor Navigation with Wi-Fi Round Trip Time. This feature allows the end-user to track the indoor location through their smart device's GPS functionality.
  • App Timer and Dashboard: This feature is a holy grail for those who tend to lose the track of time when using their phones. Here, the dashboard will show the user their phone usage in the form of a pie chart. It will also include details like time spent on an app, number of times phone unlocked, number of notification interactions, etc.

These are some of the many features of the version Android Pie is currently offering, let’s see what Android P will come up next.

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