While Android 12 has just stood out, Android 11 has imposed itself on almost a quarter of smartphones and tablets under the Google OS. An encouraging adoption which testifies to the efforts of the American firm and the manufacturers, even if all is not yet perfect.
Android fragmentation has long been touted as one of Google’s major mobile OS issues. The Mountain View firm quickly made the decision not to hide it and published each month (until 2019) an inventory of Android. These monthly reports had then continued to feed one of the best known and most commented on Android topics.
But these statements of the distributions of versions of Android within devices were ultimately no longer of great interest. With each publication, we could indeed see that the latest versions logically gathered a few points while the older ones gradually disappeared from the landscape. Also, if the American firm no longer communicates as regularly, it may be interesting to know where the most popular mobile operating system in the world is. Google regularly provides data in Android Studio – its development environment for applications – regarding the distribution of the various updates. The 9to5Google site noticed that this information had recently been updated, while the American firm recently released Android 12 and is preparing to offer Android 12L on certain devices.
The distribution of Android versions at the end of 2021. © 9to5Google
The report states that Android 11 (R) is now present on 24.2% of Android devices. Fourteen months after its launch, this version is only outstripped by Android 10 (Q, released in 2019) which dominates the debates with 26.5% of the market share. These two versions capitalize more than 50% of market share in the Android universe, while Android 12 does not yet appear in these statistics. A logical absence due to its late deployment which, for the time being, concerns only a small handful of terminals.
Behind these two versions, the old versions resist and Android 9 Pie stands out by still capturing 18.2% of the market. Google’s “pie” update is ahead of Android 8 / 8.1 Oreo (13.7%), Android 7 / 7.1 (9.7%) and Android 6.0 Marshmallow (5.1%).
Encouraging results and efforts to be made
The presence of older versions of Android may surprise, especially iPhone or iPad users. Keep in mind that the two operating systems have a totally different philosophy. Unlike Apple, which masters the software aspect in addition to the hardware, Google opts for a more open approach and the version number is not as important. This trend has been confirmed in recent months following the decision of the American giant not to wait for a major update to offer new products. Indeed, Google has the possibility of going through the Play Services to reach a maximum of devices.
Seeing recent versions on Android devices, although not the latest, is interesting news for Google. These data confirm the firm’s strategy, even if efforts still need to be made. Indeed, the issue of Android updates remains a delicate subject for the Internet search giant. The company is increasing the number of agreements and trying to convince other manufacturers as well as operators to offer regular updates more quickly. An extension of software monitoring is also often mentioned, the priority being to continue to benefit from security patches.