Every month, Google shares the Android Distribution chart which gives us insight about the versions of Android which are still being used. And now as September 2018 has arrived, Google releases the August 2018 Android Distribution chart. Which however shows no sign of the recently announced Android Pie.
As you can see from the Pie-chart above, Google did not include the data regarding their latest dessert offering – Android 9.0 Pie. But, it could be explained as the latest version was only made available on August 6. And going by the update rolled out by OEMs, only the Google Pixel smartphones (both first and second generations) and Essential Phone are currently on the stable version of Android Pie. But, there are still a bunch of phones running the official Android Pie Beta as well as custom ROMs.
|2.3.3 – 2.3.7||Gingerbread||10||0.3|
|4.0.3 – 4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||15||0.3|
According to Google, these data were collected during a 7-day period which ended on August 31, 2018.
Going by the numbers, Marshmallow is still popular amongst all the Android versions. Last year’s Android Oreo is still behind its predecessors Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop and even KitKat. But, it is ahead of Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Gingerbread which are still being used by people(sad truth). And lastly, Pie is not listed this time because it might be still under 0.1% as Google clearly says that the versions under 0.1% are not shown in the chart.
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