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Android 11 - The most popular Android version of 2022 – Google Reports

Google has updated its graphic showing the proportion of Android devices running various versions of the OS, but no information concerning Android 12's adoption rate has been released. Android 12 was a well-received version for Android, and it represented the most significant shift since the release of Material Design in 2014. However, according to fresh Google data (via 9To5Google), the most popular version is Android 11, which has the greatest distribution numbers in 2022.

Previously, Google openly provided this information on the web in the form of a constantly updated pie chart, with a proportion assigned to each version of Android. But with the passage of time, this chart became significantly less regularly updated and was eventually removed. It seems that Google has lately adopted a different approach with the Android distribution chart, placing the data inside Android Studio in a way that indicates what proportion of devices are on a specific version or newer. The chart in Android Studio is currently updated about every six months to a year, with the most recent update arriving in November and a new version launching on May 9.

According to the latest updated 2022 distribution, Android 11 and newer devices now account for the largest single slice of the pie at 28.3 percent, up from 24.2 percent. This is unsurprising considering the popularity of Samsung smartphones and how the business maintains even its low-cost devices updated, even up to Android 12. Android 10 is close behind with 23.9 percent.

Android 9 Pie comes in third with 16.2 percent of the market, followed by Android 8 Oreo with 11.6 percent. If you've spotted the trend, you'll see that the numbers decrease as you progress through previous versions of the operating system. That should come as no surprise. The final item on the chart is Android 4.1 Jellybean from 2012, which has 0.4 percent of the market.

The absence of Android 12 statistics in this newest report is most likely due to its target audience of Android developers. It seems that the chart in Android Studio is intended to assist developers in deciding which Android versions should be supported at all. Through this data, developers may determine how many potential consumers they would lose if they do not support an older Android version.

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