Android Pie still a no-show in latest distribution numbers; Oreo adoption reaches new high
The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL - two of the few phones running Android Pie
The Android distribution numbers for October are in, and, rather disappointingly, Android 9 Pie is still missing from the chart.
According to the latest data, Oreo is now the second most prevalent version of Android. It sits on a total of 21.5% of devices, an increase of 2.3 percentage points in just one month. Marshmallow, the former number 2, now occupies the third spot with 21.3%. As for Nougat, the 2016 version of Android still takes the biggest slice of the pie with a combined 28.1%, which is actually a rather hefty decline over September’s 29.3%.
Elsewhere, the almost ancient Android Lollipop still sits on a whopping 17.9% of devices. Lastly, looking at the really old versions, KitKat follows with 7.6%, Jelly Bean is still running on 3.0% of Android smartphones and, rather defiantly, both Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are still hanging on with respectively 0.3%, and 0.2% each.
Considering Oreo has reached a significantly higher percentage number than Nougat managed in its first year, things can only be set to improve for Android 9 Pie. After all, with the help of Project Treble, updates are set to be pushed out quicker than ever.