Earlier this month, Google updated Android distribution figures to reveal that Android 12 is running on 13.3% of devices.
Prior to the August 4th update, the last time Google refreshed the Android Platform/API Version Distribution in Android Studio was on May 9. Four months ago, Android 12 was still not listed in the distribution count. and the current inclusion is before Android 13 comes out.
That said, there is evidence that Android 12 and above in May is at approximately 6.6% but is not explicitly listed in Android Studio. The green pie chart is something 9to5Google was created to replicate the way information is visually presented when Android distribution numbers are released monthly. It pulls the same data (directly from Google) used by Android Studio.
In May our chart totaled 93.3% and we assume the rest needed to get to 100% is mostly Android 12 (but also a mix of 12L and 13 Beta). It’s not clear why Google didn’t officially recognize Android 12 three months earlier. (If we’re correct, Android Studio in May grouped Android 11 and 12 together for whatever reason.)
With that logic, the August pie chart totals 99.8%. Some of the remaining .2% could be Android 12L, which has its own API level (32) with improvements for tablets and foldables. Much of that comes from the latest devices made by Google (Pixel 3a and newer).
Meanwhile, Android 11 is now at 27% from 23.8% in May. It remains the most used version of Android today, with Android 10 following at 22.3%. Android 9 Pie is still at 14.5% and four years later still beats the latest stable release.
When Google releases this data on a monthly basis, it is aggregated from Android devices that have visited the Play Store during a seven-day period ending on the date provided. The methodology is probably unchanged.
The last monthly release was in October 2018 and May 2019 saw the first updated figures since. Google has released new statistics for April 2020, November 2021, and May 2022. Google is no longer providing Android distribution information on any official website, instead just display data in Android Studio. The “Create New Project Wizard” provides application developers with a chart to see which operating system releases they should target to capture the most users, while balancing features they can take advantage of.
Dylan Roussel and Kyle Bradshaw contributed to this article.
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