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Google Releases Android Distribution Charts; 22% Devices Still Running Marshmallow

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Google has released its latest statistical update of Android versions across devices. According to the charts, a majority of active devices are running Android Marshmallow (22.7%). Android Nougat has an overall presence on 30.8% of active devices, while Android Oreo is at 14.6% share.

Bifurcating the Oreo updates between the versions 8.0 and 8.1, Google goes on to show that 11.4% are running the former. The company has reported that any versions of the OS that has less than 0.1% of distribution had been excluded from their list.

It is noticeable that Android 9 Pie is not mentioned in the distribution. The rollout of the latest version is currently available to Pixel devices.

Google Android distribution chart

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Devices running Android Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are far behind those running Android Lollipop and KitKat who hold distribution shares of 19.2% and 8.6% respectively.

Major smartphone manufacturers are expected to provide the updates by the end of this year. OnePlus is currently providing a beta version of Android Pie for users to test out on their OnePlus 6.

Google had announced Android 9.0 at I/O 2018 in May and started updating Pixel devices in August. Few devices like Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6 and Sony Xperia XZ2 were directly eligible for Android P beta testing.

With Project Treble, Google has made it easier for smartphone manufacturers to update to the latest version of Android. This may help solve the woes of many Android users who wait for software updates.

Also read: Why the Pie overtakes the Oreo

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