September Android Statistics and New Releases

Google recently announced the release of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2. While the first Pixels were already loved by users, we’re expecting that the new ones will also see big success.

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In addition to the announcement of the new phones, Google also announced that a new developer version of Oreo will be released soon, as 8.1.

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Let’s see what the September Android operating system statistics are, which include the first version of Oreo.

It’s important to test your app with the OS versions that are most commonly used, which is where this information becomes the most useful.

Android Oreo was released for Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices in late August, after being available as a developer preview as “Android O” for a while. We can’t expect to see too much of a change in OS usage when it’s only available on a select few devices, but we’re still interested in seeing that change.

When the previous Android OS version (Nougat) came out, we saw a very slow conversation rate. We figured that it was because Android runs on multiple different smartphones which are not all ready to power new operating systems at the same time.  

In contrast, the conversion rate from Apple’s iOS 9 to iOS 10 was much faster. Indeed, Apple’s  OS only runs on their own devices, the iPhones, which get the latest updates very quickly. Also – Apple users are really involved in the success of the company and every time that a new phone is released, they are usually up to exchange their phone for the new one.

With the new Android Oreo (8.0), we were expecting the same kind of slow conversion rate that Google experienced with Nougat. This is indeed what is happening according to the September statistics. Since coming out a few weeks ago, it has only gained 0.2% of users. The majority of Android users, 32%, are still using Marshmallow. However, Nougat is gaining more and more users every month. In September, 15.8% were using this operating system.

The new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 phones, for sale October 19, will come with Oreo. As Oreo becomes available on more and more devices, and users buy newer phones, we expect to see Oreo’s usage percentage continue to rise.


It is important that developers make sure their apps are compatible with this new OS. Google has created a device system image that you can download here. It allows you to test your app with Oreo to see if it is compatible.

Google recently announced that the developer version of Android Oreo 8.1 will be launched soon. This is another good opportunity for developers to build applications that are compatible with the newest OS.