Here are the most used Android versions in 2022

Are you using the most popular version of Android? Here is the fragmentation of Google’s OS in 2022 to find out which of Android 12, Android 11 or Android 10 is the most deployed version in the world.

A bugdroid near an Android smartphone // Source: Unsplash / Denny Müller

After Android 12, Google started rolling out Android 13 in its stable version. But the latter is still in the embryonic stage at the moment. On the other hand, this is a good opportunity to ask yourself which version of Android is the most used in 2022.

To answer this, let’s take a tour of Android Studio. Software that supports developers designing mobile applications for OS powered by Google. An infographic is hidden in this tool and it is updated regularly. Thanks to this source, we know about Android fragmentation.

Android 11: the most used version of 2022

The latest data shared by Google starts on August 4, 2022. Android 11 occupies the first place with 26.7% of the park.

Android distribution in August 2022
In August 2022, Android 11 R will be the most used version of Google’s mobile OS // Source: Fandroid

The podium is completed by Android 10 Q, second with 22% and Android 9 Pie, third with 14.3%.

Android version part of the Android market
Android 13T no data yet
Android 12S 13.5%
Android 11R 27%
Android 10Q 22.3%
Android 9 Pie 14.5%
Android 8.1 Oreo 7.9%
Android 8.0 Oreo 3%
Android 7.1 Nougat 2.2%
Android 7.0 Nougat 2.3%
Android 6.0 Marshmallow 3.5%
Android 5.1 Lollipop 2.2%
Android 5.0 Lollipop 0.4%
Android 4.4 KitKat 0.9%
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 0%
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 0.2%
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 0.1%

The problem with Android updates

Slow deployment of new Android versions is always preferred. Compared to the rapid updates that Apple has made to iOS, there is a huge gap.

Bugdroid Android Google
Many custom bugdroids in Google France offices // Source: Frandroid

This feature is explained by the fact that, when a new version of Android is made available by Google teams, other smartphone manufacturers that use this OS must take time to deploy it every one of their devices. It should have more delays. Apple does not have this concern because it deploys its proprietary OS on its own iPhone.

A problem worth solving

If criticisms of Android’s fragmentation are often justified, they should also be curbed.

Home interfaces

In fact, remember that many Android devices benefit from in-house interfaces: A UI for Samsung, MIUI for Xiaomi, ColorOS for Oppo, etc.

The features offered by these interfaces are often not fully compatible with those deployed by Google on Android. Thus, it often happens that a manufacturer offers an option before it comes to a major update of the operating system.

For example, many smartphones already took advantage of the dark mode or the screen recorder before Google integrated it by default in Android.

Application compatibility

Also note that the slow deployment of new versions of Android does not prevent applications from remaining compatible with older versions. In fact, Android is designed so that developers can continue to run their apps in 90% of the park.

Most applications, as popular and continuously updated as they are, do not require an up-to-date version of Android to work. Spotify or TikTok therefore requires Android 5.0 at least, Android 8.0 for Facebook or Android 4.3 for Call of Duty Mobile.

The efforts of Google and manufacturers

Finally, note that Google is aware of the problem and has implemented several projects to facilitate the deployment of the latest major Android updates. So we thought of the Treble project, which is very promising on paper, but whose results have not yet been felt. So efforts must be intensified, but the will is there.

More than that, in recent years, driven by an eco-responsible discourse, brands want to show their commitment to offer devices that last a long time. While Android smartphones have long been used to receiving only two major Android updates, things are slowly but surely changing.

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Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro // Source: Google

In its Pixels, Google provides a long software follow-up. Tracking software doesn’t just result in major Android updates. The most important, in the end, remains the security patches to be distributed regularly.

We can cite the example of Samsung, which provides four years of regular updates after the release of all Galaxy smartphones – but only if they were released in 2019 or later.

How to detect Android fragmentation?

To find out which versions of Android are most used, you need to install Android Studio. After this step, you need to open the software and launch a new project by clicking on “New Project”.

You must select a template. Here, just select anyone by double clicking on it. Then you will find a window where you need to find the clickable phrase “Help me choose”.

Android Fragmentation in Android Studio
Android fragmentation data in Android Studio // Source: Screenshot

A click on this link will take you to the infographic created by Google that developers can use to estimate the number of devices their applications will reach.


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