According to the current distribution data of the Android version from Google, 11 and 10 are tied in first place

According to the current distribution data of the Android version from Google, 11 and 10 are tied in first place

Tech Highlights:

  • Distribution numbers were last reported in April 2020 (via 9to5Google), May 2019, and October 2018. The October 2018 report provides a good analog to compare adoption rates for a 14-month old version of Android. Back then, Android 8.0 and 8.1 Oreo had a combined share of 21.5% (14% and 7.5%, respectively) — that reflects a gain of 2.8 percentage points on Android 11’s part with some margin of error attributable to the time of month these data were collected. That said, in 2018, Oreo trailed its predecessor Android 7 and 7.1 Nougat as the most-used version by 6.7% in that reading. In this one, Android 11 only trails Android 10 by just 2.2%.

  • Since its previous regular dashboard in 2018, Google has been stingy with platform version distribution for Android, and reporting had become more late in the lead-up to that one. Today, however, appears to be the day when it has decided to release new figures. According to a report published in Android Studio, Android 11 has a platform share of 24.3 percent 14 months after its introduction. With 26.5 percent, Android 10 was the most popular. With 18.2 percent, Android 9 Pie came in third. Android 12, which was released in October, has yet to take a reading. 9to5 The data, according to Google, is around three weeks old. When developers start a new project in Android Studio and decide what to do with it, the table appears.

Google touted Android 11 to be the fastest-adopted version yet, barely beating out Android 10’s trend line. That was only at 2 months post-release, however — third-party OEMs (the largest of them being Samsung) tend to pass along OS upgrades to their most popular devices starting from the third month and those account for the biggest upticks in adoption rates. It would be nice to see another update to the table either next month or in January to catch that tidal wave for Android 12 in action.

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