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 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. 

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21 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Fragmentation at its best! It would be difficult for devs to support a certain app for all of this.

10. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

By the time Pie reaches saturation levels, it'll be a year and a half old lol

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

That is why when programming for Android you choose a certain Target Level. If you want to support the most devices, then choose KitKat or lollipop. If you want to support the best graphics (Vulkan) or new things like ARCore or Daydream VR. Then you choose a Target Level of Android Nougat (7). Most games work with a Target Level of KitKat (4.4). Plus you would be supporting the largest number of devices. You just have to know what you are doing. Clearly you don't know what you are doing Peabody.

15. LBLBLB

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2017

Actually, it's minSdkVersion that you talk about. The targetSdkVersion is something else. It means that you've tested it to work fine on the target version. In case you wish to access the API of certain Android version, you use compileSdkVersion.

16. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Lol sarcasm at its finest

2. gamehead unregistered

Yikes. Wished google and other companies did better when it came to updating their phones.

4. bwomack01

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 21, 2018

Google updates the pixel phones quick enough. They get updates as soon as they become available. Essential has been really good with this too. Same time as pixels in fact. They are like apples iphone with updates, only it’s android. Too bad they also have been mimicking apple when it comes to problems after the updates are installed ha ha! Sony, HMD Global, and Xiaomi have been better than most androids with updates too. I guess updates are more important to some and less important to others.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’d add that OnePlus is also pretty fast about updates.

5. Venom

Posts: 3110; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Google pushes the updates out. It's up to the OEMs to do their part. The Essential phone and the Pixel phones are already on Pie.

3. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

This is a well embarrassment directly from google!

6. Venom

Posts: 3110; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

How? This isn't Google's fault.

19. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Isn't google's fault? The initial release date was august 6! Android one supposed to have android Pie updates! My mothers phone. Which is nokia 6.1 that has android one, doesn't have an available update yet.

8. Michael Lyles unregistered

Really? Care to explain it to the rest of us?

13. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's a different way of doing things. Updates are in the hands of the OEMs, and the devices that you have chosen. Remember OEMs update their own devices. Now if they choose to go the Android One route, then Google can do the updates. Or buy a Pixel, Essential phone, or a few others. Then updates are fast and timely. Plus if OEMs support Google's Project Treble (8.0), then it will be easier and faster for OEMs to update and support their hardware. But if some OEMs do their own thing, then it's impossible to get timely updates. Also if it's a really cheap device to begin with, then some OEMs won't even bother putting out an update for their devices. Also apps will continue to work without the need to be updated. The newer versions of Android bring new things like Vulkan Graphics, ARCore, Daydream, AI, and more. If your app isn't using any of that stuff now. Then the apps dont need to be updated, and will continue to work just the way they originally were.

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It comes down to which device you choose to buy, and Android most definitely gives you the largest array of devices to choose from.

20. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

11. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Google is doing various things to address this like Android One. But in any case, I don't see it as much of an issue because Oreo and Nougat are good enough for most phones. The jump to pie isn't that significant besides the gestures.

17. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

This is funny...

18. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

This proves Android devices last more than 2 years and not everyone is quick to upgrade.

21. XtreemSolution

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2018

Android Pie still a no-show in latest distribution numbers; Oreo adoption reaches new high Mobile science performs on feedback or test coverage and research. Technology provides us facility for developing and of one of many. Specifically, usually tells you how many times android pie has reached a significantly higher percentage.

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