October Android distribution numbers are in but Pie is still nowhere to be seen
Last month, we published a piece on the state of the Android OS. Data released at the end of September painted a bleak picture of the distribution on Android, with Android Pie—at the time—yet to have seized any visible share of the market.
It’s been a month since then and while you could be forgiven for expecting things to have improved, you’d also be wrong. The new data for the month of October shows that things remain as they were last month, with Android Pie yet to have reached any significant portion of the market.
According to the report, Android Pie remains irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. The data has no place for Android Pie and while Pie doesn't have a 0% distribution, its market share is still under 0.1%, which is damning considering the fact that it was released to the public almost three months ago.
While Pie remains out of the picture, Oreo’s numbers saw growth this month, going from a 19.2% share to 21.5% this month. That makes Oreo the second most used version of Android, with Nougat firmly in first (28.2%). Marshmallow comes in third just behind Oreo with a 21.3% share.
As more and more devices are launched with Android Oreo on board, the Oreo distribution is bound to rise. There haven’t been a significant number of devices receiving the Pie update of recent, though—only the Xperia XZ2 phones received Pie this month—so we expect Pie to continue on its current path, at least until around December when more OEMs start sending out the Pie update.