These are the most used Android versions in 2022

These are the most used Android versions in 2022

Are you using the most popular version of Android? Here is Google’s OS Fragmentation in 2022 to find out which of Android 12, Android 11 or Android 10 is the most widely deployed version in the world.

A bugdroid near an Android smartphone // Source: Unsplash / Denny Müller

After Android 12, Google started rolling out Android 13 in its stable version. But the latter is still in an embryonic stage at the moment. On the other hand, it is a good opportunity to ask yourself which version of Android is the most used in 2022.

To answer this, let’s take a tour of Android Studio. Software that helps developers design mobile applications for the operating system powered by Google. An infographic is hidden in this tool and is updated more or less regularly. Thanks to this source we can know the fragmentation of Android.

Android 11: the most used version in 2022

The latest data shared by Google dates from August 4, 2022. Android 11 ranks first with 26.7% of the park.

Android fragmentation in August 2022
As of August 2022, Android 11 R is the most widely used version of Google’s mobile operating system // Source: Frandroid

The podium is completed by Android 10 Q, second with 22%, and Android 9 Pie, third with 14.3%.

android version Android market share
android 13T no data yet
Android 12S 13.5%
Android 11R 27%
Android 10Q 22.3%
android 9 pie 14.5%
Android 8.1 Oreos 7.9%
Android 8.0 Oreos 3%
Android 7.1 Nougat 2.2%
Android 7.0 Nougat 23%
Android 6.0 Marshmallow 3.5%
Android 5.1 lollipop 2.2%
Android 5.0 lollipop 0.4%
Android 4.4Kit Kat 0.9%
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 0%
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 0.2%
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 0.1%

The problem with Android updates

The slow rollout of new versions of Android is often highlighted. When compared to the fast updates made by Apple on iOS, there is indeed a big gap.

Various custom bugdroids at Google France offices // Source: Frandroid

This is partly explained by the fact that when Google teams make a new version of Android available, other smartphone manufacturers that use this operating system must take the time to implement it on each of their devices. This necessarily implies additional delays. Apple doesn’t have this concern as it implements its own operating system on its own iPhone.

A problem to clarify

If criticism of Android fragmentation is often justified, it should also be tempered.

Home interfaces

In fact, remember that a lot of Android devices benefit from internal interfaces: One UI for Samsung, MIUI on Xiaomi, ColorOS on Oppo’s side, etc.

The features offered by these interfaces are often not perfectly aligned with those implemented by Google in Android. So it regularly happens that a manufacturer offers an option before a major OS update arrives.

For example, many smartphones already took advantage of the dark mode or the screen recorder before Google integrated it by default in Android.

Application Compatibility

Also note that the slow rollout of new Android versions does not prevent apps from remaining backward compatible. In fact, Android is designed so that developers can continue to run their applications in 90% of the park.

Most apps, as popular and continually updated as they are, don’t require an ultra-recent version of Android to work. Spotify or TikTok require Android 5.0 minimum, Android 8.0 for Facebook or Android 4.3 for Call of Duty Mobile.

The efforts of Google and manufacturers

Finally, please note that Google is aware of the issue and is undertaking several projects to speed up the rollout of the latest major Android updates. Therefore, we thought of the Treble project, which is very promising on paper, but whose results are not really felt yet. Therefore, efforts must be intensified, but the will is there.

Beyond that, in recent years, driven by an eco-responsible discourse, brands want to show their commitment to offering devices that last longer. While Android smartphones have long been accustomed to only receiving two major Android updates, things are slowly but surely changing.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro // Source: Google

In its pixels, Google provides a long tracking software. Software tracking that not only generates important Android updates. The most important, finally, remains the security patches that will be implemented periodically.

We can cite the example of Samsung, which provides four years of regular updates after the launch of all its Galaxy smartphones, but only if they were launched in 2019 or later.

How to know Android fragmentation?

To know which versions of Android are the most used, it is necessary to install Android Studio. After this step, you will need to open the software and start a new project by clicking “New Project”.

Next, you will need to choose a template. Here, just select any one by double clicking on it. You will then come across a window where you need to search for the clickable phrase “Help me choose”.

Android Fragmentation in Android Studio
Android Fragmentation Data in Android Studio // Source: Screenshot

A click on this link takes you to the infographic that Google makes available to developers to estimate the number of devices that their applications can reach.

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