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Google's Data Reveals That Not Many Are Willing To Upgrade To The New Android 12

Data from Google reveals that consumers aren’t taking to the new Android 12 as quickly as the tech giant would like them to, reports 9to5G.

Google used to be much more liberal when it comes to sharing statistics regarding consumer usage of all the different Android operating software, updating figures on a regular, near-monthly basis until 2019 where it essentially gave up on the endeavor. Why? The corporation chose to do so is anyone’s guess; however, one could venture a guess that this is because Android started looking bad in front of Apple and its success. iPhone users have always been much more receptive to newer OS than its competitor’s consumers, and they accordingly have better results to speak for themselves. Android has no such cushy success to lie on, even if the platform’s still doing incredibly well globally. The company eventually decided to review some options and came to a simple conclusion: let’s appear just a tad bit more misleading than we are.

Google started releasing data regarding Android devices and the percentage of such smartphones that had a specific version of the OS installed or newer. Essentially, data no longer stated how much any one OS is being utilized. Instead, it only expresses whether or not a device is on a specific OS or a newer update. The aim was to make sure that people kept guessing at just how many downloads any specific version got. Even if Android 11 has the largest share in the marketplace, displaying this share as potentially belonging to a newer OS means that Google gets to feign numbers legally.

Naturally, people caught on and even found ways of circumventing the change. Most recently, 9to5Google decided to spend their time researching and extracted an impressive pie chart that displays just how well everyone and their respective smartphones are doing. Which is also, by the way, the exact thing that Google wanted everyone to forget in the first place. Android 11 (R) currently dominates the marketplace at 28.3%, followed shortly by Android 10 (Q) and 9 (Pie). Android Jellybean is currently performing the least well, at 0.4% of the shares. However, Android 12 is absolutely nowhere to be seen across the entire platform. It’ll take some time, and perhaps active intervention on Google’s behalf, to jumpstart progress on having the new OS downloaded across all Android devices.
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