But the Android Pie operating system still has a long way to go in comparison to Apple’s iOS 12.
Google is hoping its latest version of Android Pie will be available on more devices by the end of the year than its predecessor managed in 2017.
Most popular OS in the world. But…
The Android operating system is the most popular in the world. It’s used on most smartphones and tablets but it has a stagnation problem. Every manufacturer has to take the time to optimise each update with their products. This often leads to delays.
Good news at the treble
Project Treble is a framework that helps speed up the adoption of Android updates. It will help with Google’s intention to make all devices launching with the Android Pie operating system (v9) or later Treble-compliant.
“Thanks to Treble, we expect 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,” said Project Treble architect, Iliyan Malchev.
Android’s rival, Apple-owned iOS, is able to roll out updates much speedier because it uses the operating system exclusively on its own products, meaning it has greater control over how soon its devices are updated.
When Apple rolled out iOS 12 in September, within 44 days 60% of all iOS devices were using the latest update.
By comparison, Google data from late October shows Oreo is the most installed version. Oreo was was released back in 2017, while Pie struggles behind at 0.1%. And it is a fact many Android smartphones don’t have Pie installed.