According to the reports reaching us from our sources, Google made an announcement that a little over 10% (precisely 10.4%) of recent phones running the Android OS are working on the latest Andriod 9.0 version codenamed Pie which was released officially on the 6th of August, 2018. The announcement of Google made it the very first time that the company in a period of nine months since Andriod Pie was released to the general masses, revealed detailed speculations of the amount of devices that were already running on the OS.
In contrast to the previous year, the numbers at Google have been on a constant rise. According the data supplied to us by our sources, as at the month of May last year, Android Oreo happened to only be installed on just about 5.7 percent of devices running Android OS which therefore means that the new Android 9.0 Pie is being installed two times faster than Oreo ever was.
At present, Andriod Oreo is still the OS that has the leading percentage of the install base of Google (28.3 percent) and this is arrived at by the combination of the two versions, that is 8.0 and 8.1. The next on the ranking list is Android Nougat which ranks 19.2 percent in installation and this is also arrived at by the combination of Andriod 7.0 and 7.1. Coming down we have Android 6.0 Marshmallow with 16.9 percent, Android 5.0 Kit Kat with 14.5 percent (Android 4.0 and 4.1 combined), then comes Android Pie in the 5th position with 10.4%.
Although the improvements that Google has been making are quite remarkable, the truth is that the company’s Android Operating System is no match for Apple’s iOS. When it comes to having devices installing the recent updates of operating system and the reason is because Apple unlike Google has a certain “closed-loop control” that covers their hardware and software that Android devices cannot contend with.
If we are to draft a contrast, Apple’s recent operating system, iOS 12 got to 50 percent of iOS devices that could run it within 23 days which is of course a feat that Google has not yet been able to reach even with the more popular Android Oreo. The update we got in February this year showed that 80 percent of iOS devices are now running the recent iOS 12 and only 8 percent of the install base are using operating systems that are more previous than iOS 11.