Back by popular demand. That’s the only way to describe Google’s Android version distribution chart that hadn’t been updated since way back in October. Google has always refreshed the chart regularly, but with the release of Android 9 Pie, it stopped for some reason.
The record six month hiatus it took from updating the Android distribution table can be easily explained when we look at the numbers that Google posted for the week ending May 7. At the time of the last refresh in the end of October, Android 9 Pie was still missing from the chart, even though it was released last August.
Whether or not it will keep these Android distribution chart updates bi-annual as the last edition, remains to be seen, but it is already time for Android 10 Q to hit the tape. Given how most of the cool new features are tagged with “arriving in the Fall,” we won’t hold our breath for more frequent distribution number updates. Google even issued an apology about the numbers’ delay:
According to the latest data, Oreo is now the most prevalent version of Android. It sits on a total of 28.3% of devices, an increase of seven percentage points in six months. Marshmallow, the former number 2, now occupies the third spot with 17%, down from 21%. Nougat has slid to second place, with a combined 18.2%, which is actually a rather hefty decline. Still, the second place is occupied by an Android version that was released way back in 2016!
With the help of Project Treble, 9 Pie is now on 10% of the phones in circulation, and, given that Google just announced a record number of phones that will get an early Android Q taste, updates seem poised to be pushed out quicker than ever.