With Android Pie, Google recently released the successor to Oreo. The latest version of the mobile operating system does not appear in the current Android distribution numbers. Oreo leaves behind two older versions.
Android 8.0 and 8.1 Oreo come together to a spread of 14.6 percent. According to Google, all smartphones and tablets that have visited the Play Store in a seven-day period ending on August 31, 2018 are part of this statistic. Even after replacing it as the latest version of Android, Oreo did not even manage it on every fifth device intended for Google's mobile operating system.
Older versions more widespread
The leader is still Android Nougat: versions 7.0 and 7.1 come together to 30.8 percent and run on almost every third Android device. Even the predecessor Android Marshmallow, with a share of 22.7 percent, is even more widespread than Oreo, although the latter has been pre-installed on most new smartphones for quite some time.
The generally moderate update of new versions of Android has also identified Google as a problem and therefore "Project Treble" was launched: a change in Android's system architecture to enable faster updates. Oreo, however, only partially benefited – also because not all smartphones meet the requirements for "Project Treble".
Due to manufacturers' announcements, Android Pie updates may be available earlier than earlier versions of the operating system. However, it is still up to users to download and install the updates.