Google updates the official distribution figures for Android iterations every couple of months. It shows what percentage of Android-powered devices are running on the many iterations of its mobile operating system. Google has now reported the latest figures and rather unsurprisingly, Android 9 Pie isn’t even on the list.
Android’s fragmentation issue is well documented. Countless OEMs develop Android-powered smartphones and they have a major role to play in getting updates out to their devices. Google can only do so much for timely updates on devices made by other manufacturers.
The Pixel handsets were the first to receive Android 9.0 Pie last month when it was publicly released. The Essential Phone was the first non-Google device to receive the update merely days after it was officially released.
While some manufacturers have detailed their Android 9 Pie roadmaps, it’s going to be a couple of months at least before their flagship devices start receiving the update. This means that it’s going to be a while before Android 9 Pie figures on the official Android distribution chart.
Marshmallow leads the pack with 22.7 percent of Android devices running on this iteration. Android 8.0 Oreo was released last year and it’s only on 11.4 percent of the devices so far. Oreo version 8.1 is running on 3.2 percent of the devices. Android 9 Pie isn’t even on the list because Google doesn’t list iterations in its distribution chart that aren’t running on at least 0.1 percent of devices.