In a nutshell: Google has revealed distribution figures for its varied variations of Android, and it seems that the most well-liked launch in use at the moment is Android 10, which launched in 2019, although Android 11 isn’t far behind.
Google used to share distribution figures for its Android releases on a month-to-month foundation, however that stopped in 2018. At the moment, it intermittently updates knowledge on the Android Studio platform for app builders; the final replace was reported in April 2020.
The newest figures seem like round three weeks outdated and are based mostly on Android gadgets that accessed the Play Retailer throughout a seven-day interval.
In line with the info, Android 10 (Q) is discovered on extra gadgets than another model of Google’s working system, taking a 26.5% share. Google will in all probability be happy to find that final 12 months’s Android 11 (R) is available in at an in depth second with 24.2%.
You may discover that Android 12 is absent, however that’s to be anticipated as the most recent incarnation of the OS solely arrived final month with the launch of the Pixel 6 handsets.
It’s attention-grabbing to see how a lot share older variations of Android maintain. Android 9 (Pie) continues to be discovered on 18.2% of gadgets despite the fact that it launched in August 2018, and 13.7% are nonetheless working 2017’s Android 8 (Oreo).
The shares decline for every earlier incarnation of Android, going proper again to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which has a 0.6% share regardless of being nearly a decade outdated.
Android nonetheless has a fragmentation downside, particularly in comparison with iOS, the place most customers improve rapidly are on the most recent launch of Apple’s working system. Nevertheless, Google did say again in December that Android 11 had the quickest adoption price of any prior model, and we will anticipate it to take the quantity spot from Android 10 quickly sufficient.