It should come as no surprise that Android updates are fragmented. With smartphone manufacturers taking months to build skins around new firmware and implement new features, a whole new version of Android could be released before some handsets ever get upgraded.
The last time Google published newdistribution numbers in late October, Android Pie wasn』t even on the list. This meant that almost half a year after the firmware was made public, less than o.1 percent of all Android handsets had seen the latest version of Android.
So as Google hasn』t given us any official number in several months, we decided to ask you what version of Android you』re running. Here is what you had to say.
What version of Android are you running?
Now before you go running to the comment section to shout that these number can』t be real, let』s take a step back and examine the data. Understand that these are the results of a small subsection of the Android community. As you might expect, most of the people who read Android Authority and took the time to vote in this week』s poll are Android enthusiasts and are more likely to own smartphones that have been updated more recently.
With this in mind, it』s understandable that just over 50 percent of the nearly 10,000 voters are runningAndroid 9 Pie.
The last time the Android distribution numbers were updated, Oreo, Nougat, and Marshmallow were roughly in a three-way tie. Taking into consideration that, again, most of the voters are using newer smartphones, Android Oreo came in second with 37 percent of the votes.
It』s not very surprising that only 12 percent of the rest of the voters were running a version of Android that was more than two years old.
Here are some of the best comments from last week』s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:
- I』m have a Samsung galaxy note 8 so i guess i Will have oreo for a loooong time 😀
- My Chromebook is on Nougat… does that count?
- I have the choice between nougat, oreo and pie but using nougat
- I don』t really surprised if android pie leading. Not because the fragmentation of the android has ended. But because all the voters are geeks or android enthusiast. So I』m sure most people outside of this site readers are using android oreo or lower. :joy::joy:
- Why did Google stop reporting the numbers? Is it just embarrassing now…
That』s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don』t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.