Updated: October 29, 2018 10:39:16 am
Google’s latest OS Android Pie is not part of the October 2018 distribution data among various versions of Android. As per the latest numbers, most device owners are still on the two variants of Android Nougat. Last year’s Android Oreo, which includes both 8.0 and 8.1, has shown significant growth in October 2018.
The problem of Google and Android fragmentation continues well into the end of 2018, despite attempts like Project Treble to help make more devices compatible with the newer versions of the operating system. The latest Android version 9.0 Pie is not even on the list, two months after it was formally rolled out in August.
One problem is that for now Android Pie has remained limited to flagship smartphones like Pixel series and other devices like OnePlus 6, Huawei Mate 20/Mate 20 Pro, and Nokia 7 Plus. With OEMs in the budget category, updates on Android continue to remain a problem. Then even bigger players like Samsung have not exactly been quick to push out updates.
Coming to Android Nougat, version 7.0 and 7.1 combined means that Google’s two year old OS grabs a total of 28.2 percentage points. Android Marshmallow, which is nearly three years old, can be found on 21.3 per cent of such devices. In terms of percentage share, version 6.0 is the only one above the 20 per cent mark on its own. In case of both Oreo and Nougat, one has combine the two versions for them to cross 20 per cent.
In case of Nougat, both version 7.0 and 7.1, the overall percentage numbers are greater than those of Oreo users, which just highlights that many Android devices have not even got last year’s update. Android Oreo version 8.0 has a 14.0 per cent market share, while the 8.1 version has 7.5 per cent share, which brings the total to 21.5 percentage points.
While Android Nougat and Oreo are showing some growth, older versions of Android continue to remain in use as well. Android Lollipop 5.1 is still on 14.4 per cent devices, and the older Lollipop 5.0 on 3.5 per cent devices. This means nearly 17.9 percentage point share for the four year old version of Android.
Around 7.6 per cent devices are on Android Kitkat. Android Jellybean, which includes version 4.1 and 4.2x is on 1.1 per cent and 1.5 per cent devices respectively, which shows a decline. Much older operating systems like Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are on less than 1 per cent Android devices.
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