Despite the fact that Google is no longer reporting the rate of Android adoption every month, developers can still access these statistics in Android Studio, which is the name of the IDE. It collects data about devices that have visited the Play Store in the last seven days. In particular, it contains information about which version of Android these gadgets work on.
According to Android Studio, by far the most popular and widespread version of Android is Android 10 Q released in 2019. It is installed on 26.5% of all active mobile devices on the Android platform. Last year’s Android 11 came in second with a 24.2% share, and we won’t be surprised if this version of Google’s operating system overtakes Android 10 and becomes the most popular by the end of 2021. Third place went to Android 9 Pie. 18.2% of users remain on this version of the software. Android 9 is followed by Android 8 Oreo with a share of 13.7%. Android 7 and Android 7.1 Nougat have a total of 6.3% of the market, while Android 6 Marshmallow has 5.1%. About 3.9% of users are still on Android 5 Lollipop, and 1.4% on Android 4.4 KitKat. The oldest Android version on the list is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is installed on 0.6% of all active devices.
By the way, you may have noticed that Android Studio’s statistics are missing Android 12. The fact is that this latest version of Google’s mobile operating system was released in October and is still available only to a limited number of devices.