One of the biggest problems with the Android OS is the adaptation rate. As we all know that many of the older devices don’t get updated to the latest version of Android by their OEM’s. Same is the case with new Android 9 Pie.
Android 9 Pie or Android P has been released earlier this month, but availability is currently limited to only Google’s Pixel range of smartphones and tablets, as well as the Essential Phone. The Android distribution dashboard from Google has been updated and the numbers for August 2018 are out.
According to the official chart for August, the share of Android smartphones running Android Pie was less than 0.1 percent but is expected to rise in the coming months with several handsets from OEMs like Sony, Xiaomi, and Asus slated to get the update soon.
But if you see the legacy of the new OS adaptation from Google is very bad. Just to understand this let’s talk about Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) which was released by Google last year, its market share is 14.6 percent in August 2018. Now let’s talk about the exact market share of the Android OS.
Android Nougat, as a combination of Android 7.0 and 7.1, now holds a total market share of 30.8 percent making it the most popular Android version in August 2018. On the other hand, the increasing share of Android Oreo in the second consecutive month owes mostly to the barrage of Android smartphones, from Xiaomi, Asus, Oppo, Vivo, etc, in the market running Android 8.0 Oreo and above.
Android Marshmallow fell slightly to 22.7 percent, compared to 23.5 percent in July this year. As for Android Lollipop, the yesteryear Android version continued to drop compared to last month, however, retained a sizeable 19.2 percent market share despite having been first released in 2014.
Finally, Android Jelly Bean came next with 3.5 percent market share, Android Ice Cream Sandwich got 0.3 percent share as did Android Gingerbread, which increased market presence from 0.2 percent in July. Notably, these numbers are compiled from Android devices that accessed Google Play during the 7-day period ending on August 31.
We are of the opinion that Google should work on the higher adaptation rate of latest Android OS along with OEM’s. Android One is one of the great steps in this regards.
As apple controls the OS (iOS) and hardware of iPhone and iPad their adaptation rate is much higher than Android.