Android 9 Pie, the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, was officially released in August. However, the operating system remains a no-show in Android distribution numbers for the 7-day period ending October 26, 2018. With Pie, Google promised to put an end to Android fragmentation but the OS has failed to register on distribution, three months after its release.
With Android Oreo, Google announced Project Treble, a modular implementation that separates Android framework from vendor implementation. The move was widely seen as a way to ensure OEM partners release update faster. However, there has not really been much improvement. While some OEMs have done better job with the release of Android Oreo, which is now powering 21.5 percent of active Android devices, Android Pie update seems elusive to most devices.
But, Google says Android Pie will start reaching devices and has not lost hope on its Treble architecture. The search giant expects “to see more devices from OEMs running Android 9 Pie at the end of 2018 as compared to the number of devices that were running Android Oreo at the end of 2017.”
At the beginning of December, Google had only 0.5 percent of the world’s active Android devices running Android Oreo. This included new devices launched with Android Oreo or those updated from Nougat. For Google to match that would not be a big achievement since the distribution is too small to even be considered.
Interestingly, Android Oreo was active on 0.2 percent of devices in early October while Pie remains at 0 percent after three months. The goal of having Android Pie on more than 0.5 percent of active devices by the end of the year should not be difficult for Google. However, the real goal would be to outpace Android Oreo’s distribution during the first half of 2018.
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Google has confirmed that all devices launching with Android 9 Pie or later will be Treble-compliant by default. It says this will allow all devices to take advantage of the treble architecture and deliver faster updates. It sounds promising but considering the past update cycle, it seems Google will need more than compliance to ensure that its OEM partners to release updates on time.