Despite Google’s efforts, it seems like Android’s huge fragmentation issue is still rampant today.
According to the latest Android OS distribution report, Nougat still takes the largest piece of the pie with a combined 29.3% for both Android 7.0 and 7.1. Meanwhile, Oreo got a decent push with a 4.6% increase, amounting to a total of 19.2% for 8.0 and 8.1.
Interestingly, the three generations old Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still dominant coming in at 21.6%. This means that a lot of Android devices in the wild are vulnerable to security issues, as they no longer get software patches like more recent versions get.
Almost two months after its official release, Android 9.0 Pie is still nowhere to be found in the chart, probably because it’s mostly the Pixels and several others running on it. Even the newest smartphones from popular manufacturers are still on Oreo, although they have promised to quickly release an update as soon as it’s ready.
By the time the next report comes, we’re hoping to see more devices running on the latest version of Android.