Google released Android 12 almost a year ago, and the number of Android 12 users that use the newest version of Android is still not above 1%, and the amount of users that still run older versions of Android have decreased substantially. So, let’s take a look.
Number of Android 12 users still below 1%
Google has finally updated it’s chart of what Android versions users are running, and Android 12 (and by extension, 12L) is nowhere to be seen. This could either be due to Google still not being sure about releasing the numbers of users that are running their latest software due to unknown reasons, or because Android 12 has yet to be adopted by a significant amount users, and results seem to be leading to the latter.
Google’s chart for Android version usage claims that Android 11, alphabetically codenamed as “R” (or Red Velvet Cake internally) is currently the most used version of Android, with 28.3% of users, compared to last year’s 24.2%. It has also overthrown Android 10, alphabetically codenamed “Q” (and also lacking an internal codename) which was the most used Android version 6 months ago. The number of users on now-deprecated versions of Android like Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow and below is also falling significantly, though the amount of users on Android 7 (also known as Nougat) has increased for some reason.
The lack of statistics for Android 12 and 12L could be due to Google not having enough data about the number of Android 12 users to make an updated version of the chart, but it might also be because the marketshare is very low. We expect it to be due to the latter, as Google is updating it’s devices frequently, but most OEMs like Samsung, and Xiaomi still haven’t updated most of their devices to the newest version of Android. The number of Android 12 users that are using Xiaomi phones is significantly low, as Xiaomi still hasn’t updated their midrangers which sell the most to Android 12, or are slowly getting to updating them.