Pie still missing from September Android distribution figures

Pie still missing from September Android distribution figures
Just two weeks ago, the Android distribution numbers for August were released without Android 9 Pie being represented in the figures. To show up in the chart, a particular Android build still must appear in at least .1% of handsets visiting the Google Play Store over a seven day period. Today, the September figures were released and are based on data garnered by Google over the seven days ended September 12th. And Android Pie is still MIA.

This isn't surprising when you consider that the four Pixel handsets and the Essential Phone are the only Android powered devices running a stable version of Android 9 Pie. And at the top of the leader board remains Android 7 Nougat. Combined, Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 have the same exact 30.8% share of active Android devices that they held two weeks ago. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is next with the exact same 22.7% slice of the Android Pie Cake, followed by the 19.2% owned by Android 5 Lollipop (consisting of Android 5.0 and Android 5.1). And yes, Android 8 Oreo (which includes Android 8.0 and Android 8.1) also has the same share of active Android devices that it owned two weeks ago at 14.6%.

Detect a pattern yet? The numbers that we passed along to you at the end of August remain exactly the same two weeks later. That includes the 4.4% share earned by Android 4.4 KitKat, the 3.5% of active Android devices running JellyBean (4.1.x-4.1.3) and the .3% still using Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3-4.0.4) and Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.37).

What this proves is that there really was no reason for Google to release the September distribution figures just two weeks after posting the August report.



1. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Anyone think Treble will help? Seems like it would still be up to manufacturer to give updates (albeit easier), unless I’m wrong how it works.

2. Shazam777

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

It won't help. It's not the wonderful cure that Google made it out to be. It helps, but it doesn't fix the fact that most phone manufacturers just don't care about updates.

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The Pixels only got the official release of Android Pie back at the end of August. Up until then it was the beta versions of Pie, which are not included in any distribution. Plus the Essential phone only got it a few days ago.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nope, treble could hrlp phones get minor update and security patch faster, But it won't help major version update. Manufacturers need to fuse their UI to the new OS version everytime Google released one, and it will take time.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

They don't need to do s**t; android is just Linux and on Linux the kernel can very easily be updated without changing a thing in the gui. They just need to upgrade the freaking kernel and think about the gui later.

9. shiv179

Posts: 152; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Are you serious? Android updates are more complex than just updating the kernel.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Indeed it is, but that doesn't change the fact that Google can make it work just like any other Linux distribution: kernel, system apps (updated directly by Google), oem skin/apps (updated by oem) and 3rd party apps. That way everybody can have a new version of os the day it is released.

11. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Your clueless. The driver updates alone are horrible. Think about it. The oems of the displays, modems, wifi, Bluetooth, as well as others don't release source code right away. Even then some embedded their code as either object code, or by other hidden means. You think since everything is open that it all just works. Oh what about the testing and tie ins to the user space and libraries? Oh, and everything is not fully open. Get a grip, because you proved to everyone here that you don't know your head from your @$$ in these matters.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I am clueless and oems can't push monthly security updates to their phones kernels and they can't update the gui whenever they want to; also, Google is just as clueless as me and it can't update its core apps (contacts, play store app etc); even 3rd party developers have to wait for Google until they release updates to their app. Oh whait, în fact they can do all those s**t whenever they f**king want; now all they have to do is see how they can push the new versions of Android the second Google releases it.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Who’s surprised by this? Only like 6 phones even have the update.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7074; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And why do you care.

6. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I still find it hard to believe that many are running nougat.

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