Android 11 is lasted to launch on September 8th and Google is looking back at the progress Android 10 has made since launch last year compared to other Android versions.
The tech giant reports that the progress has been relatively faster thanks to its Project Treble and Project Mainline programs. It took 150 days for Android 10 to run on 100 million devices. It took 210 days for its predecessor.
The chart above shows that Android 10 has hit 400 million users at the same time Android 9 was close to 300 million users.
Project Treble launched with Android 8 Oreo that let smartphone companies allow for a much a “much cleaner separation of OEM and SoC dependencies from the rest of the codebase.” This led to an increase of Android 9 Pie adoption by 2.5%.
With Generic System Image launched with Android 9 Pie, there has been a 2.5x faster adoption for Android 10 to devices.
These programs have made Android 10 be available in 100 million devices in just five months after its launch last year. In comparison, that is 28% faster than Android 9 Pie.
Android 10 has also sped up security and privacy updates through the Google Play Store to 285 million devices.
We’ve also seen the rollout of COVID-19 exposure notifications through Google Play services that now support over 2 billion devices over four weeks.
Android 11 Developer Previews are already available for 13 devices by seven smartphone manufacturers thanks to a virtual A/B OTA mechanism that not only allow for seamless updates with a reboot but also requiring less storage.
Android adoption is commendable but the OS still suffers from fragmentation. There’s still a long way to go especially compared to Apple’s iOS in which iOS 14, it’s latest version, will be available to the iPhone 6S that was launched in 2015!