Android distribution numbers have always been an intriguing subject for the entire smartphone community. The last time when Google published them was back in October 2018, and since then things have changed a lot. Google has come to the stage of launching Android Q, and the variant launched last year (Android Pie) has also reached a number of devices now through OTA updates. So when the latest distribution numbers were published by the company yesterday after an interval of 6 months, there were a lot of pleasant surprises hidden in them. And here we’re going to take a look at all of those surprises one by one.
The first thing to notice in the Android distribution numbers is that Pie is now installed on more than 10% of devices worldwide, which suggests that the fragmentation problem of Android ecosystem is not as bad anymore as it once used to be. A big credit for this success goes to Samsung, which has updated almost all of its last year’s launched devices to Pie. Samsung still accounts for a majority of sales in the smartphone market, so it’s the single manufacturer which can solve the fragmentation issue to a large extent, as it seems to have done this time.
Android distribution numbers in detail
The other two major variants of Android running on smartphones nowadays are Oreo and Nougat, with 28% and 19% market share, respectively. The full details of every other Android version sorted by their market shares are given below:
- Marshmallow: 9%
- Lollipop: 5%
- KitKat: 9%
- Jelly Bean: 2%
- Ice Cream Sandwich: 3%
- Gingerbread: 3%
We can easily expect Pie to be running on up to 15% of devices by the time Google starts rolling out its Android Q update publicly, which is a good thing. As long as a majority of devices keep running up to 3 latest variants of Android we can be assured about the security scenario of the Android ecosystem.
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