The Android Nougat operating system, the seventh major version, is now running on 7 in every 1,000 Google-based devices.

The newly-outed Android distribution numbers for January make more grim reading for Google, especially given Nougat was released earlier than usual, in August 2016.

Those handsets running 7.0 have hit 0.5 per cent, almost doubling last month s tally, while 0.2 per cent of device owners are on Android 7.1.

The latter represents Google Pixel users, suggesting there was no mad rush to snap up the Made by Google handsets over the festive period.

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The situation may improve in the coming weeks and months with Samsung, LG, Moto, Sony and HTC plotting roll-outs for their flagship devices.

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