In this graphic you can see a distribution of Android platform versions used by Android smartphone owners in May 2016. The figures are based on the number of Android devices that have accessed the Google Play Store within a 7-day period ending on May 2nd, 2016.
Google Android versions - additional information
Since the first quarter of 2011, Google’s mobile operating system, Android, has steadily increased its share of the global smartphone OS market and by the end of that year it had already crossed the 50 percent market share threshold. As of the fourth quarter of 2014, Android leads the global market with a 76 percent market share, while Apple’s iOS is second. Android is also the most often used operating system for tablet computers worldwide, with a 64 percent share of the global market.
One of the reasons for the success of Google’s OS is the constant improvement of its many versions, with every new one offering more advanced features, faster access to the internet or increasingly better video and audio. The first commercial version, named simply Android 1.0, was released in September 2008, followed by the Android 1.1 update, released in February 2009. In April of the same year, Google launched the confectionery-themed collection, where every new version of its mobile operating system is named after a dessert. The first of these new versions was called Cupcake and displayed many new features, such the ability to copy and paste text in web browsers and the ability to upload videos to video-sharing website YouTube. The following Android versions released by Google in alphabetical order were called Donut (September 2009), Éclair (October 2009), Froyo (May 2010), Gingerbread (December 2010), Honeycomb (February 2011), Ice Cream Sandwich (October 2011), Jelly Bean (June 2012), KitKat (September 2013) and Lollipop (June 2014). As of October 2014, the Android version with the highest market share is KitKat.
Another reason for the Android’s popularity is its strong collaboration with mobile devices manufacturers, while its main global competitor, Apple’s iOS, is limited to operating only on Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. In 2009, around four percent of new smartphones sold to end users around the world had Android as its operating system, while, as of 2015, more than 82 percent of new smartphones were Android-operated devices.