Did Google update Android Platform Versions data only once in the last year?

2019 is finally over and to our surprise; Google only updated its Android Distribution data once during the year. In fact, the last update was received in May – some seven months ago!

The Android developer website has a Platform Versions section that provides details regarding Google’s mobile operating system versions. And since there are over 2.5 billion active Android devices around the world, the distribution data is very valuable, especially for those who are making decisions around Google’s mobile operating system.

In October of this year, Google shared Android Pie’s adoption rate at 22.6%. This signifies to the developers that the version of Android is running on a fifth of devices.

However, Google did not reveal the adoption number of any other versions – including their latest, Android 10.

Previously, Google updated the dashboard monthly, with the last regular update in October 2018. However, it claims that a technical glitch is preventing it from updating regularly and will resume once the issue is resolved.

Unfortunately, Google fails to update the dashboard and even declines any request to provide new numbers to the apps developers.

Here, let’s take a look at some of the key insights from the ‘numbers’ released by Google in May 2019:

· Android 9.0 Pie – 10.4%

· Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo – 28.3%

· Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat – 19.2%

· Android 6.0 Marshmallow – 16.9%

· Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop – 14.5%

· Android 4.4 KitKat – 6.9%

· Android 4.1/4.2/4.3 Jelly Bean – 3.0%

· Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – 0.3%

· Android 2.3 Gingerbread – 0.3%

But this data is pretty useless as it’s very outdated. And it is also missing the adoption share of Android 10 – Google’s latest release, keeping the developers confused regarding the versions to target and for which version to better optimize the app.

Let’s see when (and if) Google updates the distribution data in 2020! Keep watching this space for more information.

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