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Android platform distribution numbers updated for October, Pie still missing

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Google's official Android distribution numbers give us an insight into which OS versions are still being used, and serve as a visual representation of the platform's fragmentation. The stats have just been updated again for October, and Android 9 Pie is still nowhere to be seen.

The numbers below were gathered over a seven-day period, ending on October 26th (any versions with less than 0.1% usage are not included):

Android version stats, October 2018

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)
2.30.30.2-0.1
4.00.30.30
4.11.11.10
4.21.51.50
4.30.50.4-0.1
4.47.87.6-0.2
5.03.63.5-0.1
5.114.714.4-0.3
6.021.621.3-0.3
7.019.018.1-0.9
7.110.310.1-0.2
8.013.414+0.6
8.15.87.5+1.7

If you'd rather see a visual representation, here's this month's Pie-less pie graph:

Every version older than 8.0 Oreo dropped in usage this past month, with Android Gingerbread back to 0.2% (it was 0.3% in August and September).

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Android platform distribution numbers updated for October, Pie still missing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung fined in Italy for forcing phone-slowing updates on users

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

We've all been there—a phone that was snappy and stable becomes dramatically less so after the OEM releases a slapdash update. Italian authorities have investigated Samsung and Apple for the way they develop and deploy updates to older phones. As a result, Samsung has to pay a €5 million fine, and Apple's is double that.

This announcement stretches back to January, which is when Italy started investigating both firms for antitrust violations.

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Samsung fined in Italy for forcing phone-slowing updates on users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google posts September’s Android platform distribution numbers, still no Pie

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

In what is becoming a tradition, Google has published new Android platform distribution numbers for September before the month is even over. In fact, Google bumped the numbers once in the middle of September, which is a bit peculiar. Whatever the motivation, it wasn't to show off the impact Android 9 Pie has made, as the latest version of Android is still apparently sitting below the 0.1% threshold for inclusion.

The numbers below were gathered from the Play Store over a 7-day period ending on September 28th.

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Google posts September's Android platform distribution numbers, still no Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

August 2018 Android platform distribution numbers are out: Oreo up another 2.5%, no sign of Pie (yet)

Friday, August 31st, 2018

August isn't even properly over, but already Google has pushed the month's platform distribution numbers, detailing the precise statistics of Android versions used across devices. Last month's statistics were of particular interest after the two-month gap, resulting in some inflated numbers, but this month things are back to normal. As always, newer versions of Android are up, and older versions are (mostly) down. Interestingly, Pie has yet to rear its head, despite launching earlier this month.

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August 2018 Android platform distribution numbers are out: Oreo up another 2.5%, no sign of Pie (yet) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LineageOS 13, based on Android Marshmallow, is now discontinued

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

CyanogenMod 13, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, first arrived in November 2015. It was soon switched to Android 6.0.1, and continued to be the main branch of CyanogenMod until version 14.1 was released one year later. After the CyanogenMod community re-organized into LineageOS, the distribution was renamed to LineageOS 13.

At this point, most of the devices that had LineageOS 13 have either been updated to v14.1, or dropped entirely (usually due to inactive maintainers).

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LineageOS 13, based on Android Marshmallow, is now discontinued was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[I thought it was 2017?] BLU updates its Life One X to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

In a surprising (and overlooked) turn of events, a couple weeks ago hardware-maker BLU updated its Life One X away from Lollipop. Unfortunately for users, although it is nice for a 2015 $99 entry-level device to see new software, it's only been taken as far as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. That's right, it's mid-2017, and BLU is only now updating a phone that came out in 2015 to an operating system from 2015. 

Don't get me wrong, BLU makes some decent phones.

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[I thought it was 2017?] BLU updates its Life One X to Android 6.0 Marshmallow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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