Over 75% of all Google Pixel smartphones have been updated to Android 9 Pie

Over 75% of all Google Pixel smartphones have been updated to Android 9 Pie
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Despite being released on August 6, as of September 28 Android 9 Pie was yet to break the 0.1% adoption barrier. However, according to Google’s Senior Vice President of Hardware, Rick Osterloh, it’s a whole different story when it comes to Pixel devices.

In response to the news that iOS 12 had reached a 50% adoption rate across all iPhones and iPads since its launch less than a month ago, Osterloh revealed that Android Pie is currently installed on over 75% of all active Android-powered Pixel devices. This statistic essentially means that iOS and Pixel users update their devices at very similar paces. After all, although iOS 12 has taken less than one month to reach the 50% milestone, the number of users upgrading over the course of its second month of release is set to drop considerably, which means a similar install rate of 75% is to be expected by mid-November.

According to an IDC report from earlier this year, Google sold 1.95 million Pixel smartphones in 2016 and a further 3.9 million throughout 2017. This puts the total number of Pixel devices at 5.85 million without considering 2018 sales which will presumably be higher.

Obviously, some people will have since upgraded, so the active number of Pixel devices will naturally not match the number of units shipped. However, if Osterloh’s claims of a 75% adoption rate are indeed accurate, Android 9 Pie should officially make its debut when the next Android distribution figures are released. In fact, it may even be a relatively strong debut because, in addition to Pixel smartphones, the OnePlus 6, Nokia 7 Plus, and Sony Xperia XZ2 have all received the update. Moreover, sales of the Xperia XZ3 recently commenced too.

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22 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

Wished they had these numbers for all of android

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Ha ha haaaaa dream on buddy. Thee are about 1100 pixel phones in the entire world that's why they could achieve this number this soon.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's one thing to troll, but to make a fool out of yourself? I guess thanks for the laugh?

2. Feanor

Posts: 1275; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Enjoying Android 9 on my brand new Xperia XZ3. All the hardware beauty of Samsung Galaxy S9 with Pixel level of Android cleanness in one device.

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1193; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The XZ3 sure is an awesome device. But I miss the jack though...

15. Feanor

Posts: 1275; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's a Sony, so people will complain about bezels and about missing jack. People don't complain about bezels on a Razer phone or an iPhone 8 and they don't complain about missing jack on all 90% of phones of the market that have also ditched it.

21. yalokiy

Posts: 855; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

People complain about it regardless the brand.

11. Venom

Posts: 2806; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Except it's a Sony device.

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 889; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I wish Google can say the same about their Nexus devices.

5. Awalker

Posts: 1956; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think very few people at this point are using Nexus devices.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1275; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Normally yes. I have an LG Nexus 5X as a backup phone and it runs quite slow nowadays. Definitely not enough as a daily driver any longer.

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It's not slower. Your new device is just faster.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1074; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Relativity is a bitch. Say you're driving along at 30mph for 15 minutes, it feels like a relatively comfortable speed. Accelerate to 60mph, it'll feel so much faster at first but after a while you get accustomed to it, so when you then go down to 30mph after an hour it feels ridiculously slow compared to going 60mph and even to how it initially felt at 30mph.

22. yalokiy

Posts: 855; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It was slow when new as well. Used one for a year and happily ditched it for honor 8.

4. Awalker

Posts: 1956; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I've been saying for years that Google should release update numbers for their own phones along with the aggregate number for all manufacturers.

8. rebretz

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Considering PIE came out in August this isn't actually that impressive. Shouldn't all Pixel devices have been updated in either August or September?

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3073; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's up to the Pixel's users to install it or not. All Pixel devices can be updated on August if Google forced it to update.

18. mootu

Posts: 1319; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Thats like saying all IOS devices should be on IOS 12 yet 11% still run on IOS 10 or lower.

14. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

That ios copy part of pie makes me hate it though... I like Android because it's DIFFERENT from iOS not copying it.

20. Stranded87

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Which bit is a copy? The gesture controls? In any case, both Google and Apple are just trying to make the best OS possible. Inevitably in both cases that sometimes means taking ideas from the other.

17. bokimaricu

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

I flashed a Lineage ROM with Android Pie on my old LG G2, works like new (well, better really). Meanwhile still waiting for official Pie on the 5T.

23. yalokiy

Posts: 855; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

There are no other devices running ios than apple ones. So it's more fair to compare one smartphone vendor to another. Let's say google vs apple vs samsung.

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