Google long ago left us without the useful information that we handled on a monthly basis about the Android version distribution, some graphics that perhaps were being too blushing in recent times, although the truth is that thanks to Android Studio we have been able to partially recover lost statistics how much we like them.
Some data that we like more now, and that is that doing a more detailed analysis of the information that had transpired a few days ago, regarding the distribution of the different versions of Android at the beginning of April, we have been able to corroborate a quite positive trend change on the Android platform.
In fact, and although Android 10 is growing very slowly – it has an 8.2% share while Android 9 at this point last year had more than 11% of Compartir-, the truth is that it seems that fragmentation is decreasing on Android for the first time in years, and this is great news to tell.
It is true that Android 10 does not finish climbing, but it is also true that fragmentation is reduced for the first time in years on a platform that has suffered greatly
2 in 3 Android devices are on recent versions, and Android 11 plans to toughen the conditions even more
The truth is that yes, Android 10 does not finish the conquest of a mid-range That tops the bestseller level, and with only the highest range updated, this 8.2% penetration rate is at least a bad figure.
In any case, we must look further and look at a table that clearly shows a more than encouraging cumulative distribution, with 60.8% of Android devices in versions 8.x Oreo, 9.0 Pie or 10.0, which are the last three flavors of the operating system.
This means that the older versions finally give way, and that almost two-thirds of registered Android devices globally have recent versions, something tremendously positive for a Google that for years has worked tirelessly searching limiting an endemic problem such as fragmentation, without getting too much.
The improvement is estimated at around 3% compared to last year, not inconsiderable in a complex problem that usually requires the physical change of device, normally obsolete, so it seems that the latest movements of the Mountain View giant are taking effect when it comes to avoid fragmenting on devices that maintain support active or in their first two or three years of life.
Google seems to be moving forward with mitigating an endemic problem like fragmentation, and we hope Android 11 will take the final step with A / B updates.
A / B updates are faster and more secure… And now mandatory too!
Also, it seems that Android 11 will take another little step implemented the new method of A / B updates so mandatory for any manufacturer that is eligible for Google Play certification.
And what does this new update method imply? Well, it is about facilitating the task for both the manufacturer and the user, allowing the device to update even in the background and much faster.
The method is based, speaking in silver and without technicalities, in that the device uses two copies of the system completely independent, so that when an update is installed, it is copied onto the system that is not being used at that moment, thus allowing the user to continue using the mobile without any problem.
Upon successful completion of the upgrade, this new system would remain dormant in memory, fully prepared, and it would start to be used when restarting the terminal, which once turned off and on would start up with a new version in a completely transparent way to the user.
In fact, it will only have intervened in the process to accept accepting the restart or postpone it for another moment, in a very similar to the one used by Microsoft for example with the latest versions of Windows 10.
The A / B updates thus allow return to a previous state if something were to fail, so they are safer, they make the task easier for everyone involved and they only have one disadvantage, which is occupy twice the memory space.
This and no other is the reason used historically by Samsung for not adopting this method yet, like a Huawei that now, without Google certification, we do not really know what it will do.
In any case, Samsung will have to put the batteries like everyone else, and this will be just another step to eliminate a fragmentation that, ten years later, is still the biggest problem with the Android platform.
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