Google Releases Surprising Android Version Distribution Numbers

Google has not released monthly Android version distribution numbers since November of 2019. However, the company has been providing the stats to developers through Android Studio. According to the latest distribution numbers, the most popular Android version is not Android 11, with less than 25% of devices running on it. Instead, Android 10, released in September of 2019, takes the top spot with 26.5% of all Android devices running on this version. Android 11 follows in the distribution with 24.2% whereas Android 9 Pie stands at 18.2%.

The latest version, Android 12, was officially released last month for selected devices, and as such, is not mentioned in the distribution numbers, according to 9to5Google. After Google, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series appears to be the next set of devices that are making the switch to Android 12. It is expected that from early next year, most OEMs will be beginning to roll out the newest Android 12 update. The mid range and budget phones currently running on Android 11, however, can expect several months of wait time before an Android 12 update is available for them.

After Android 10 with 26.5%, at 24.2% Android 11 comes second in terms of version distribution. It is followed by Android 9 Pie with 18.2%. The fourth most popular Android version is Android 8 Oreo at 13.7%. It is followed by Nougat with 6.3% distribution. Android Marshmallow comes next at 5.1%, followed by Lollipop at 3.9%, and KitKat at 1.4%. With only 0.4% of all Android devices using it, Android 4 Jelly Bean concludes the list.