Android actual para todos: el siguiente paso está en camino

Google “hides” updated statistics on Android version distribution

Current Android for everyone: the next step is on the way

After a long hiatus with no updated details, Google now returns to provide fresh data on how Android versions are currently distributed across active devices.

For many years, Google has provided information on a special public page for Android developers about how different versions of Android are distributed around the world. Statistics have not been available with current figures for some time, and have even completely disappeared from their original location. However, these statistics have not completely disappeared, they are now available in a new design through Android Studio.

Google now provides information elsewhere, but at least again with current figures. It currently means that Android 10 has been installed on almost 8.2% of registered Android devices since market launch in August 2019. Android 9 Pie, released a year earlier, is 31.3% today. The presentation of the crucial figures is different from the previous one.

Android 10 doesn’t spread faster than Android 9

A developer must select on the Android Studio screen which version of Android should at least be required for their own application. With the “Cumulative Distribution” displayed, Google informs how many Android users the app developer can theoretically reach.

If a developer required at least Android 8.1 for their app today, this app could currently be installed on only 53.5% of the devices in circulation. Or to put it another way: currently, more than 46% of registered devices use a version of Android that is more than three years old.

For developers there are again important figures that also reveal an old weakness of the Android operating system. There have likely been no new advancements recently to ensure that newer versions of Android are distributed more quickly to devices that have already been sold.