Android Pie is still at 0 percent, but Google expects its expansion to outpace Oreo soon
by Adrian Diaconescu / Nov 15, 2018, 6:18 AM
But to be perfectly honest, we haven’t really noticed an improvement in Oreo delivery times compared to the spread of Nougat or earlier Android flavors. Some OEMs have done a better job than others updating their new and old phones, contributing to a modest 21.5 percent combined market share for Android 8.0 and 8.1 as of October 26.
Things look even worse for Android Pie, which still hasn’t shown up in the official distribution chart, although Google continues to hope the Treble architecture will make a difference... eventually.
The search giant expects “to see more devices from OEMs running Android 9 Pie at the end of 2018 as compared to the number of devices that were running Android Oreo at the end of 2017.”
You’d think a “feat” like that wouldn’t be so hard to pull off considering a measly 0.5 percent of the world’s active Android devices at the beginning of December 2017 had either launched powered by Oreo or made the move from Nougat. But that microscopic number was actually preceded by 0.2 percent distribution in early October.
For what it’s worth, even if Android Pie fails to hit 0.5 percent share by the end of the year, its subsequent expansion should easily outpace Oreo or Nougat’s own growth efforts. That’s because all devices launching with Android 9 Pie or later “going forward” will be Treble-compliant by default, taking “full advantage of the Treble architecture to deliver faster upgrades.”
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To be honest I look more forward to Samsung's updates than Google's. I really dislike stock 9.0 pie
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 6:21 AM 4
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I’m on OneUI bets atm , it’s amazing, I can actually use phone one handed and it’s sooo pleasing to the eye with no eye strain either
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 6:38 AM 1
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There is though the inescapable truth that all heavy skins (like Samsung's) mean that you basically run a mishmash of UX designs and features. You get a main Samsung flavoured interface sprinkled with mismatched areas from Chrome, Play etc. Also you get a good assistant (Google Assistant) and a bad one (Bixby). Heck, you even get nonsense like hardware Bixby buttons that you have to just try and ignore. Or you can get a Huawei and its iOS ripoff UX design (embarrassment is a useful OS feature for them apparently). In the Android world you can choose only between Google Pixels, Nokias and Sony Xperias if you want a harmonious UX.
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 6:51 AM 2
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Samsung’s UI isn’t a “skin” - it’s so heavily modified on a framework level; it’s a forked version of Android. People like to complain about the firmware updates being glacial; but they often neglect the fact that these aren’t normal versions of Android. More often than not; Samsung’s custom firmware includes fixes and features not already included in current versions of Android (even if they’re a number division behind the vanilla Android)
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 7:00 AM 0
True but skin or no skin, it still means there is a difference from Android (Google) apps and the rest of the Samsung system. And while more often than not (according to you), Samsung's custom firmware might fix or add features, it also adds bugs or leaves out features. Not to mention it adds features already there, like Samsungs own apps doing the same thing as Google apps.
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 8:59 AM 0
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Bug squashing is no excuse for Samsung. My Sony Xperia XZ3 runs Android 9 out of the box and I have encountered zero bugs. Also so called "added features" is not an excuse because they don't make up for the aesthetic clutter and messy details like having two different digital assistants in one phone. It's so cheesy.
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 12:21 PM 0
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Agree with JMartin. Samsung doesn't care when stock android versions come out. They focus on their own forked version as their OS and that's all they care about. For me, that's all I care about as well. I still get yearly updates from Samsung for an OS update.
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 9:34 AM 1
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There is something wrong with how google is measuring Pie availability on phones. It's spread is much better than Oreo, yet it fails to show on Google's chart!
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 9:13 AM 0
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Unfortunately, it goes against the "business model" the manufacturers & carriers have set up for themselves. You want the latest & greatest, buy a new phone...they don't want to spend the time or energy getting a new OS working on the older systems.
posted on Nov 15, 2018, 7:29 PM 0
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I appreciate that google have made steps to improve the updates but we still have an absurd issue where for example Sony releases a new version of android for a mid-range model but some people still never get it because their carrier can’t be bothered. I live in England and have had this happen twice. It is ridiculous. Also I was with the biggest network in the UK.
posted on Nov 17, 2018, 1:53 PM 0
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