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.


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7 Comments

6. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And why do you care.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

1. rouyal

Posts: 1603; 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: 42; 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: 3135; 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.

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