Back in October 2018 when Google updated its Android distribution dashboard, Android Pie 9.0 that was already available by then, was nowhere to be seen while its predecessor Android Oreo clocked at 21.5% of the total Android devices around the globe. But Google has updated the dashboard as of May 2019 where it has added the new distribution chart featuring Android Pie which has been adopted by over 10.4% of Android devices.
Android Pie was launched last year in September and was available in Google Pixel and Essential Phones the same day followed by OnePlus a week later. However, by the time Google updated its distribution chart, Android Pie didn’t account for much of the devices to be displayed. Fast forward to May 2019, it has successfully accounted for roughly 10.4% of all Android devices which is a bigger number thanks to various factors.
According to Android Authority, Project Treble from Google is one of the factors that accelerated the rate of adoption amidst support Android Pie devices. On the other hand, Android Oreo is still strong at 28.3%, Android Nougat 7.0-7.1 dipped from 28.2% (2018) to 19.2% this year, Android 6 Marshmallow slipped from the high 21.3% to 16.9% this year followed by Android 5-5.1 Lollipop is still clinging on Android devices with a drop from 17.9% last year to 14.5% this year. Finally, we have Android 4.4 KitKat still rocking in almost 6.9% devices while oldies like Jelly Bean dipped from 3% to 2.2% as of now. Finally, there are still a considerable amount of smartphones running on Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread holding onto the smartphone account for 0.3% Android devices each.
As further explained by Android Authority, there are many factors that trigger what is commonly known as ‘OS fragmentation’ in Android devices. Back when Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich were launched, they had plenty of time from their successor was launched while there were only a small number of smartphones to cater to. Fast forward to Android Pie, there are more than two billion Android devices and a plethora of Android OSes which means Android Pie has to work a lot to be adopted in many of these smartphones and thus, accounts for a lesser number of devices.
Google is also working forward to inform users about the Android distribution charts with a lot of contexts. It will add the charts featuring the number of devices that have already adopted the new OS as well as feature inputs on which OEMs has pushed the update in a timely manner and more. Google is currently gearing up for its next OS Android Q for which, the Beta 3 is already available. It wouldn’t take much time for Android Q to push out beta updates and finally, push out a stable Android Q update in a few months.