Updates to Android they are notoriously slow in most cases, but the situation is improving a little: Pie reached a 10.4% share among devices with access to the Play Store, reaching this milestone faster than previous versions; Google says this was due to Project Treble. Meanwhile, the Oreo has become the most popular version.
As noted by VentureBeat, Android Nougat and Oreo took 10 months to reach 10% adoption; Pie managed to accelerate this pace a little, taking about 8 months to reach the same percentage.
For Google, this is a sign that Project Treble is working. Android’s architecture has been divided into modules to speed up updates. This has been available since the Oreo, so migrating to Pie is your first real test.
The start was not very auspicious: in October, two months after the launch of Android Pie, it was still on less than 0.1% of devices. Since then, Asus, HMD / Nokia, Motorola and especially Samsung have started to update their already launched phones, in addition to selling new smartphones with Pie straight from the box.
Asus has updated the Zenfone 5 and 5Z; Motorola included the Moto G6 and Motorola One line, among others; while HMD distributed the Pie to almost every cell phone it launched under the Nokia brand. Samsung, in turn, prepared the One UI interface and has been distributing the update for the Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9, Note 8 lines, in addition to intermediaries such as Galaxy A6 +, A7, A8 +, J4, J6 and J8.
Of course, Android continues to be updated more slowly than iOS, a system controlled by Apple. IOS 12 was already installed on 50% of all iPhones and iPads 23 days after the release. In February, 80% of these devices were using the latest version.
Google has announced that there are more than 2.5 billion active Android devices in the world. Meanwhile, Apple’s active installed base has 1.4 billion devices, including units in use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch; of that total, 900 million are iPhones.
– Android (@Android) May 7, 2019
Oreo and Nougat are most popular versions of Android
Google used to report the distribution of Android versions every month, saying the percentage of devices on Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow and others. The company stopped doing this in November for “maintenance”; she suffered an unexpected data loss involving the version of cell phones requesting Play Store services, according to the Android Police.
Fortunately, it was possible to find another source to perform this measurement. However, these updates will no longer be offered on a monthly basis; Google has not yet decided, but believes it will reveal the figures every quarter.
These are the numbers for each version, collected over a period of seven days ending on May 7, 2019:
- Oreo (8.0 and 8.1): 28.3%
- Nougat (7.0 and 7.1): 19.2%
- Marshmallow (6.0): 16.9%
- Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1): 14.5%
- Pie (9.0): 10.4%
- KitKat (4.4): 6.9%
- Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3): 3.2%
- Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0): 0.3%
- Gingerbread (2.3): 0.3%