16 November 2021
There was a time when Google used to reveal Android version distribution charts publically and regularly. It stopped doing so a long time ago but at times, it does share some details through Android Studio. The latest Android distribution figures are now available that have been reported by 9to5Google folks.
The first thing to note is that the latest figures do not include the latest Android version i.e. Android 12. It was released just a few months and as we know, it takes a long time before a new version starts to acquire a noticeable share. In fact, the chart shows that Android 10 released in 2019 is the Android version with the largest share.
Android 10 is running on 26.5% of Android devices around the world. The second spot in the list goes to last year's Android 11 which has a 24.3% market share. One can see that there is a minimal gap between the two versions and in the coming weeks, it should be able to surpass and become the leader. Many OEMs are still launching phones running Android 11, especially in the budget segment, and that should help it get to the top.
The top five spots in the list are filled by Android 9.0 Pie at 18.2%, Android 8.0 Oreo at 13.7%, and Android 7.0 Nougat (6.3%). We can expect these numbers to shrink as people will upgrade to newer devices. While it is good to see the newest Android distribution figures, the situation has not changed that much. It still takes a good amount of time for the majority of Android users to get a taste of what is new in the Android software world.