According to Google, O Android 9 Pie reached 22.6% of platform users in August, surpassing Oreo and becoming the most popular version. This means that it took a year to reach a fifth of cell phones and tablets: it is an improvement compared to previous versions, thanks to Project Treble, but adoption is inevitably slower than on iOS.
“At the end of August 2019, just before the launch of Android 10, Android 9 (Pie) represented 22.6% of the ecosystem,” explains Iliyan Malchev, Project Treble architect, on the official Google blog. “This makes it the largest fraction of the ecosystem.”
The company does not report the percentage of devices with Android 10, its latest version. Meanwhile, iOS 13 had 50% adoption in less than a month on compatible iPhones, thanks to the Apple-controlled ecosystem.
Google: Android Pie shows Project Treble effect
Android depends on a chain of manufacturers and operators to be updated; it is not something that depends only on Google, but the company tries to facilitate the process. One of these initiatives is Project Treble, which divides the operating system into modules so that it receives updates more easily.
Project Treble was released on Android 8.0 Oreo, but was only present on devices that came with this version pre-installed. So the update to Android 9 Pie was your first test.
The results were promising. A year after the launch of Android Pie, about 600 million devices were running that version. Compare that to the 300 million that had Android Oreo a year after it was released by Google. (The chart also mentions “Oreo MR1”, also known as Oreo 8.1.)
The graph might be different if Google took into account the percentage of devices running each version of Android, instead of the total number. Still, you can see the effect of Project Treble.
In addition, Malchev recalls that the Android team has started to collaborate more closely with component suppliers, including Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek, to reduce the time needed to update phones and tablets. Improvements are expected to continue, and Google expects to “see updates from Android 9 to Android 10 noticeably earlier this year”.
There is also Project Mainline, built into new Android 10 phones, which will allow you to receive security updates through the Play Store. We will see the effect of this over the next year.