If users were to look for distribution numbers for Android, its OS and how its various versions have been adopted by devices, on Google, they would find that previous charts have been taken down – users are now redirected to Android Studio to check the numbers.
Google would publicly display these numbers for years – the percentages of Android devices running. Now, after not updating the Android distribution chart in nearly a year, Google has seemingly decided to remove the chart from the web altogether.
The chart was initially designed to inform Android app developers when they could be decided on the minimum version of Android to run their app on. The numbers shown on the chart were far from flattering, with older versions like 2015’s Android Marshmallow having over 15% of the market share.
Even companies like Apple would use Google’s data to boast about how quickly and timely iOS devices would receive updates. This issue, amongst others, could be why Google decided to initially stop updating the chart, and now getting rid of it altogether.
Tech Weez reports that this decision is questionable, and it can be argued that Google hiding information behind its bulky Android Studio website isn’t good. This information could still be necessary for developers.
Google news publication 9To5Google, however, has compiled the information from the hard to use site.
Instead of the usual pie chart, Google has provided “cumulative distribution percentages”. Android devs are asked to select the oldest version of the OS they would like to run an app on, and by default, their app should run smoothly on all the following newer versions.
This seems to be exactly the data Android devs are looking for in the first place, although cumulating in a confusing and obtuse fashion. It does provide enough info for pie chart recreation, however.
Details on Android Distribution
We can see from the chart that Android 10, the newest version, has yet to even reach 10% of the market share, down at 8.2%. Android Pie, effectively Android 9, now controls the largest portion of the market share at 31.3% and was at 10.4% by May of last year.
One would think that year-on-year the distribution of Android’s latest updates would increase instead of decrease. 9To5Google does say that the new OS has a month to reach Android Pie’s numbers.
Android Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, and Lollipop follow up with 21.3%, 12.9%, 11.2%, and 9.2 % share respectively.
Surprisingly, Lollipop which was released almost six years ago has more phones running it than Android 10, an operating system launched in 2019.
Edited by Luis Monzon
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