Android 10 is reaching users at a particularly fast pace – at least by Android standards. Google said the system was installed on a total of about 100 million devices in the five months since last September's launch, a 28 percent improvement over the pace of the previous major version 9.
The success of the search giant's blog post says more of the capabilities introduced in recent years is also due, starting with Projetc Treble: with the initiative announced in 2017, the company is disconnecting the Android system from the layer of drivers that communicate directly with the phone’s hardware. A standard interface will be included between the manufacturer's implementation that handles the latter and the Android framework. As a result, manufacturers do not have to wait for component vendors to update their own drivers with software updates, they can create and release the new version in-house.
The Project Mainline initiative also played an important role in the faster expansion: with the solution, the search giant also organizes certain system components under the Play Store, so they can be updated from the company's application store, similar to field apps. Thanks to the new process, which is live in Google Play System Updates, you won't have to wait for a new system update to get some new features or security fixes, such as Stagefright fixes or OpenGL updates. This will also ease the upgrade obligations for manufacturers, which may also make Android 10 more attractive to them.
While Google is especially proud of the results of Android 10, it still doesn’t provide an exact distribution of system versions – figures for this by the end of last year. they could be tracked on the developer side (although they sometimes took half a year to update), but by 2020, they had completely disappeared from its online interface by Google. However, developers can still retrieve these statistics from Android Studio, which was collected by XDA Developers in mid-April this year. According to this, 31.3 percent of Android devices ran Android 9 Phie, and the second most common version was the 8.1 Oreo vot, with 14 percent. Android 6.0 Marshmallow still ranks third on the podium with 11.2 percent, and Android 10 ranks fourth on the list with 8.2 percent market share – which, of course, may have improved in recent months.
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