27 November 2019
Google has released the adoption rate of its recent Operating System versions alongside with distribution chart to show how the adoption is moving. Google gives attribute to its Project Treble due to which the adoption has risen pretty fast. The number of OEMs upgrading their devices to the newest operating system versions has increased during the time.
With Android 10, the number of participating OEMs has increased to 12 from 7 during Android 8 Oreo. There are a total of 18 devices that went into the Beta program of Android 10, alongside the Pixel devices. While the number of participations reflects a significant improvement in the adoption, the overall growth is still not as high as it should be.
Going by the distribution chart recorded in late August 2019, just before the Android 10 launch, the Android 9 (Pie) accounted for 22.6% of the ecosystem. This makes Android Pie attain the largest fraction of the ecosystem and thus it is fair to conclude that Project Treble has had a positive effect on updatability.
While announcing the adoption rate of the newest Android OS, it also got revealed which other companies are participating further and what manufacturers will ship Android 10 updates this year. Google reveals,
“Many manufacturers such as ASUS, LG, Motorola, OPPO, Realme, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Transsion, and Vivo have committed to updating some of their devices to Android 10 by the end of the year.”
Google mentions the devices which are getting launched with Android 10 out-of-the-box, including the OnePlus 7T. Google also specifically mentions the name of a manufacturer that hasn’t had the best track record with Android update speeds in the past. We are talking about Samsung that started rolling out the open beta for Android 10 on its devices earlier than before.
Even though the overall adoption is not high, Google has, at least, managed to pull enough manufacturers and encouraged them to push Android updates more quickly.