Android Pie adoption revealed as Google teases a wave of Android 10 updates by the end of 2019

Android Pie adoption revealed as Google teases a wave of Android 10 updates by the end of 2019
When Google unveiled Project Treble back in 2017, the search giant promised Android device manufacturers would find it "easier, faster, and less costly" to push major software updates to their phones, thus helping reduce the scourge of fragmentation we've all been complaining about for a very long time.

On the surface, Big G's efforts these past couple of years may seem to have largely failed, but although only a minority of the world's active Android devices are running the Pie OS build more than 12 months after its general release, things might not be as bleak as you think. According to a new Android Developers Blog post primarily focused on boasting about Treble's achievements, the numbers are certainly not as bleak as in previous years.

Android 9.0 accounts for 22.6 percent of the ecosystem


Yes, we know, that share sounds microscopic when you consider the other 77.4 percent slice of the (metaphorical) pie goes to older OS versions. But if you put the figure into the right context, you'll find it represents a substantial improvement from the Android Oreo adoption pace reported this time last year. By the way, we should highlight the 22.6 percent number was apparently reached in late August, just ahead of the stable Android 10 rollout for Pixel devices.


In comparison, Google is pointing out Android 8.0 hadn't even crossed the 9 percent mark on the eve of the Android Pie release in late July 2018. Of course, it's probably not fair to ignore the 8.1 version, but even if we combine the figures of both Oreo flavors from August 2018, we only get a total share of 14.6 percent. Looking further back to when Treble was announced, Android Nougat sat at a combined share of 13.5 percent for OS builds 7.0 and 7.1 in early August 2017, jumping to 15.8 percent a month later.

Clearly, Android Pie is spreading at a faster pace than its forerunners, and Treble has no doubt made this progress possible, overhauling the Android architecture to help OEMs develop and deliver software updates more quickly and frequently than ever before. That includes beta and stable releases, both of which have made great strides in recent years. 

That being said, Google has no intention to go back to refreshing the Android distribution dashboard regularly, leaving the May numbers up as we wonder how Oreo has been doing as Pie surged from 10.4 to 22.6 percent in less than four months.

Expect a bunch of Android 10 updates by the end of the year


While Google is definitely proud of Treble's positive effect on Android 9.0 updates, there's still a lot more work to do in the fight against fragmentation. Obviously, the next goal is to make Android 10 spread even faster, which seems to be happening already.


So far, we've seen more companies than before take part in an official beta program for a new Android version, two OEMs deliver the stable update on the same day as Google, as well as OnePlus and Nokia kick off their over-the-air rollouts shortly thereafter.

Interestingly, Google says many other manufacturers have committed to bringing polished Android 10 goodies to "some of their devices" by the end of 2019. This extensive and very eclectic group includes everyone from Samsung to LG, Motorola, Sony, Asus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Transsion, and Vivo. Many of these companies only started pushing Android Pie makeovers to "some of their devices" in 2019, which means they're all stepping up their game in close collaboration with Google.

Samsung, for instance, did technically begin updating the Galaxy S9 and S9+ by the end of 2018, but only barely. This time around, all signs are pointing to a much wider Android 10 release for the Galaxy S10 family (and perhaps the Note 10 and Note 10+ too) before Christmas. The same goes for the likes of the LG G8 ThinQ, Sony Xperia 1, and maybe even the Moto Z4.

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17 Comments

1. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I thought most android people doesn’t care about yearly OS updates, so this isn’t an issue.

2. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

LOL who has hurt you?? Even on Android 10 we have more features than Iphones do on IOS 13. So you don't have to worry about Android users and whats an issue for them :P If I get Android 10 I know Apple will take years to match it so probably IOS 15 or IOS 16.

8. ECPirate37

Posts: 345; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

That didn't seem like a hurt comment. I think it is true. Most people I know on Android don't care about Android updates. I like them, but don't necessarily care, because I don't feel like they've added anything WOW factor in a while. I buy one or 2 new phones a year, so the new stuff is always fun to play with, but nothing has made me go, "WOW!" in a while, and I don't care if my phones get updated.

10. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Seems you were looking for something that wasn’t there. Trigger happy fanboy :’D

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Android doesn't need to be updated nearly as much as iOS. it's already pretty far ahead.

11. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

I’m sure this is what the OEMs tell themselves when they make Face Unlock that works with eyes closed and Fingerprint Scanners that can be easily tricked. “Yeeaaah, one day we’ll fix it”.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

i think you were looking for something in Darkk's comment that wasn't there. Are you a trigger happy fanboy?!?!

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think that describes at least 50 percent of the comments here lately.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes he was, and I was simply talking about the features. Android, especially the Note line, simply has way more.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mmmmk.

3. DBozz

Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

i never saw any groundbreaking improvements since android 7. So it doesn't matter as long as i get security patches!

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man have you missed out.

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 649; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm using G4 with Android 7 .. Android Updates are not a problem for me as long as the are sending a monthly security updates .. ( my phone has dropped by LG and it's not supported any more ) that's why I'm getting a newer one soon !

7. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

once you buy the phone, you are on your own.

9. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Not even 50% for Android 9 Pie, lol. Unbelievable.

16. brady5371

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

I have seen many folks on here commenting about as long as they get security patches, they don’t care about having the latest Android update. Latest android provide more than just latest gee whiz functionality. Android updates also improve power and memory functionality, as well as important security and privacy enhancements; as well as encryption enhancements. But if you’re content with being two or more updates behind then well that’s good for you.

17. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Pathetic

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