Google recently updated its Android distribution numbers after six months of silence. Things Look Good – 10 percent of all Android devices are now running the latest version, assuming pre-schedule adoption.
It's no secret that full Android OS updates are slow to roll out to devices beyond a few few as Pixel and important, so Pie with 10 percent adoption sees eight months after release is a bit surprising. By comparison, it took Nougat and Oreo ten months to hit the same number, showing progress, although 10 percent is still small compared to Android devices in general.
As for the other figures, Oreo is now 28 percent of units, with Nougat at 19 percent. Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat run 17 percent, 14.5 percent and 7 percent of the units, and put the three newest versions (Nougat, Oreo and Pie) on almost 58 percent of all Android devices in the wild. It is much better than how the figures looked a few years ago.
The increased adoption rate is likely due to Project Treble, which Google just created for that reason: to help manufacturers build faster updates for their devices. Hopefully this will continue to be a trend, and the degree of acceptance will grow and exceed expectations as Treble is a function manufacturer who has had to implement since Oreo.
While 10 percent is still nothing to boast about eight months after release, especially compared to iOS 12, which was at 83 percent adoption in February 2019 – it again shows a promise of the future of Android OS updates. All new devices now support Treble out of the box, so we hope for faster operating system updates for all Android devices ahead.
In other news, Amazon releases a two-year security camera, Roku has 29.1 million users, a Galaxy Fold release date and more.
- The new Blink camera has two years of battery life on a pair of AA batteries: Motion detection, two-way calls and more are included in the new Blink XT2. Everything for $ 100. [Amazon]
- Rokus user base is growing, but it is not enough: Roku now has 29.1 million users on average 3.5 hours of use per unit per day, but it is still not enough for it to break evenly on operating costs with hardware alone. But with the company taking a more aggressive approach in its advertising business, one still expects to have a firefighting year. [Engadget]
- A Fold Release Date is coming … at some point: Samsung was originally expected to announce a Galaxy Fold release date "today or tomorrow", but now it is backtracking on that promise, stating that date will be announced " in the coming weeks. "It has been a rough tour for Fold. [Engadget]
- Google says its music app has 15 million subscribers: It's significantly fewer than Spotify or Apple Music, but more than Pandora. Now if the company could decide on a music service and stick to it, it would be good. [Bloomberg]
- Alexa supports 60,000 units: Amazon quietly updated its Alexa support documentation stating that it works with some 60k units from 7,400 brands. It is a massive jump from 20k it was supported in September 2018. [Android Police]
In some nice news for sneakerheads out there (or, you know, others who just like shoe), Nike goes to use AR for to show you how kicks look at your feet before releasing hundreds of moneydollars on them. It's coming to the Nike app this summer. What a nice, practical use for AR. I like it. ! [Engadget]