Adoption of the latest versions of Android seems to be accelerating each year
From religiously updating its Android platform distribution chart on a monthly to yearly basis and then removing it altogether, it’s almost like Google is getting more and more shy about revealing its state of affairs and for good reason: despite all efforts to accelerate adoption rates, the platform is lagging iOS by a mile so far. Now, instead of uploading this information to a website, Google has put it into Android Studio – accessing it certainly isn’t as convenient as it used to be, but we’re just glad we’re not completely in the dark. Today, we check the latest figures thanks to this new means.
Android 11 now has a 28.3% market share on the platform, up 4% from the last chart update which dates back to November 2021. There was a time when the next most recent being the most popular version was a rarity, but thanks to Android OEMs upping their update game, especially Samsung, things look a whole lot better now. Meanwhile, Android 10’s share fell from 26.5% to 23.9%, with older versions of Android seeing similar drops in usage.
The absence of Android 12 on this chart may be related to the purpose of the chart rather than a case of low adoption. As for 9to5Google’s ratings, the table is meant to help developers decide which version of Android to support. New apps and app updates are currently required to target Android 11 (API level 30) or higher, but the minimum supported version is really up to the developers. This data will at least help illustrate the total user base a developer can access.
With the apps required to support Android 12, Google might not feel the need to include distribution stats for that version for that express purpose, but we’re pretty sure some publishers would appreciate getting an idea of that tiny slice of audience – depending on how fine-grained the data is, it could help them shape their development roadmap.
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