Yeah. You read that right. Transsion is among the companies that are set to update some of their devices to Android 10 but more on that below. Google recently announced distribution numbers for its Android operating system that put Android 9 Pie at 22.6% of all devices as of August 2019 – this is nearly a quarter of all Android devices when Android 10 launched.
In the announcement, Google lauded Project Treble for the relatively impressive numbers of Android 9 Pie adoption against Android Oreo which accounted for 8.9% of all Android devices just before Android Pie was released. It’s a small number compared to iOS 13 that now accounts for over half of all iPhones introduced in the last four years.
Anyway, back to Transsion. Transsion is the parent company of TECNO, Infinix, itel and Syinix. Transsion Holdings is China’s largest phone exporter and Africa’s leading phone seller. In Q1 2019, Transsion brands like Tecno and Itel accounted for 33.1 % of the shipment volume. In terms of smartphone shipments exclusively, Transsion accounted for 37.4% in Q2 2019 beating Samsung and Huawei who shared 27.4% and 8.7% respectively.
Google lists that Transsion is among the companies that promised to update their devices to Android 10. The same list has companies like ASUS, LG, Motorola, OPPO, Realme, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and vivo. This is a good thing as Android fragmentation has been a huge problem for the operating system hence the small numbers of Android 9 Pie. Google is hoping through Project Treble, these OEMs will quickly update their devices to the recent Android version by the end of the year.
“Many manufacturers such as ASUS, LG, Motorola, OPPO, Realme, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Transsion, and Vivo have committed to updating some of their devices to Android 10 by the end of the year”
We can assume some of the recently launched devices from TECNO and Infinix will get the Android 10 update such as the TECNO Spark 3 Pro (it was in the Android Q Beta test program), the TECNO Phantom 9(its flagship device), the TECNO Camon 12 series(Read our TECNO Camon 12 full review here)and the TECNO Spark 4 series(fingers crossed).
The tech giant recently required that all new devices launch with Android 10 already baked in if approved after January 31 2020. Transsion smartphone brands have always launched new devices with an older operating system when the new Android version has been available for months and hopefully this move will bring that change.