Google has gotten back to sharing Android distribution numbers since last year when they revealed that Android 10 was the most popular Android version. The OS was launched in 2019 when Google ditched adding dessert names.
But recent data as of May 9th this year, the OS has gotten its footing as is now the most popular Android version.
Smartphone companies have been releasing devices running Android 11 the past year and early this year.
Android 11 brought new privacy and security features including improved handling of app permissions for the camera, microphone, and location, scoped storage, and auto-reset permissions for apps you haven’t used in a while, Nearby Share, ability to pin apps in the share menu and scheduled dark mode, powerful media controls, seamless updates, Multitasking pane, improved autofill, suggested apps, biometric authentication, among a host of other useful features.
OEMs customized their skins to fit in their UI’s for their respective devices.
The chart says that Android 11 sits at 28.3% while Android 10 sits at 23.9%. Android 9 Pie and Android 8 Oreo follow closely at 16.2% and 11.6% respectively. Android 7 Nougat, Android 6 Marshmallow, and Android 5 Lollipop round up at 5%, 3.9% and 3% respectively.
Data on Android 12 which was launched last year is lacking as developers don’t find it necessarily valuable as they figure out which Android versions should be supported and meet the minimum API requirements.
Google is already planning to boot out nearly 900,000 apps from the Play Store. Google says that apps need to meet the target API level 29 for Android 10. At the moment the current API target is 33 for Android 13.
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