comscore Google pulls down Android distribution chart page | BGR India
News

Google pulls down Android distribution chart on the web: Here's how you can still see it

Google had stopped updating the chart back in October 2018, after which it saw only one update in May 2019, which happened to be its last.

  • Published: April 11, 2020 12:26 PM IST
android-bug-pixabay

Google has always been displaying a statistical compilation of its Android distribution. This shows what percentage of Android devices across the globe are using what version of Android. However, the service was not updated in almost a year for some reason. Now, Google has finally decided to take the page down. Also Read - Google launches braille keyboard for Android devices and it doesn't require additional hardware

The Android distribution chart was mainly to inform app developers who create new apps. The chart would let them know where to set the ‘minimum Android version required’ bar based on the user-share. However, the numbers weren’t exactly satisfying. For instance, even much older versions of Android like Android 6 Marshmallow, which came out in 2015 showed a 15 percent share. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20e and Galaxy A60 get Android 10 update

Watch: Realme 6 Pro Camera Review

A big reason is the presence of Google’s OS on many devices that did not require regular updating. This includes digital signing devices, for example. Brands like Apple often took advantage of this and even used Google’s data to showcase its own update frequencies. Also Read - Android 11 to enable seamless software updates with virtual A/B partition, reveals Google's Vendor Test Suite

You can still find it in Android Studio

As a result of this and probably some other reasons, Google stopped updating the chart back in October 2018. Suddenly in May 2019 around the time of Google’s annual I/O 2019 event, the chart was updated again. However, it has been stuck with that data ever since. However, now the outdated page is completely taken down. Instead of it, users will find a notice that will ask seekers of the chart to find it in Android Studio.

While it may seem like a bad decision to hide the data behind a bulky site, it does make sense. The data shown in the chart is useful to only developers, and to anyone else, it might even give off a wrong interpretation.

The new format of the data displays a cumulative distribution percentage rather than a simple pie chart. Developers are now asked what its the minimum version of Android that they want to support. The cumulative numbers let developers know what share of users they will be missing out on based on how high they choose their minimum mark.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel.
  • Published Date: April 11, 2020 12:26 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

14,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

24,999

Poco M2
Poco M2

10,999

Oppo F17 Pro
Oppo F17 Pro

22,990

Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro

19,999

Realme 7
Realme 7

14,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9A
Xiaomi Redmi 9A

6,799

Vivo Y20
Vivo Y20

12,990

Xiaomi Redmi 9
Xiaomi Redmi 9

8,999

Nokia 5.3
Nokia 5.3

13,999

Motorola Moto G9
Motorola Moto G9

11,499

Realme C15
Realme C15

9,999

Realme C12
Realme C12

8,999

Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20

77,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime

9,999

Oppo Reno4 Pro
Oppo Reno4 Pro

34,990

Samsung Galaxy M01 Core
Samsung Galaxy M01 Core

5,499

Realme 6i
Realme 6i

12,999

Asus Rog Phone 3
Asus Rog Phone 3

49,999

OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord

24,999

Infinix Smart 4 Plus
Infinix Smart 4 Plus

7,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

11,999

Samsung Galaxy M01s
Samsung Galaxy M01s

9,999

Vivo X50 Pro 5G
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

49,990

Vivo X50 5G
Vivo X50 5G

34,990

Realme C11
Realme C11

7,499

Poco M2 Pro
Poco M2 Pro

13,999

Realme X3
Realme X3

24,999

Realme X3 SuperZoom
Realme X3 SuperZoom

27,999

Tecno Spark Power 2
Tecno Spark Power 2

9,999

Oppo A12
Oppo A12

9,990

Oppo A52
Oppo A52

16,990

Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Galaxy A21s

15,999

Oppo Find X2
Oppo Find X2

64,990

Motorola One Fusion Plus
Motorola One Fusion Plus

17,499

Samsung Galaxy A31
Samsung Galaxy A31

20,999

Samsung Galaxy M01
Samsung Galaxy M01

8,999

Samsung Galaxy M11
Samsung Galaxy M11

10,999

Infinix Hot 9 Pro
Infinix Hot 9 Pro

9,999

LG Velvet
LG Velvet

Price Not Available

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

Price Not Available

Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple iPhone SE 2020

42,500

Honor 30 Pro
Honor 30 Pro

Price Not Available

Honor 30
Honor 30

Price Not Available

OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8

44,999

OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus 8 Pro

54,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

13,999

Motorola Moto E4
Motorola Moto E4

8,999

Samsung Galaxy On Max
Samsung Galaxy On Max

9,775

nubia N2
nubia N2

15,999

Karbonn K9 Kavach 4G
Karbonn K9 Kavach 4G

5,290

Motorola Moto C Plus
Motorola Moto C Plus

6,999

Best Sellers