Steve Max, 04 Sep 2018Not at all. When you develop an application, this data is the key for where you will even star... morewhich is what I wanna say
sooner or later, a guy will either buy a new phone which supposed to come with latest OS out of the box, or he will be forced to update OS as his favourite app is no longer supported by his phone
kiasunkiasi, 03 Sep 2018am I the only one who think that such info. is redundant? come on, sooner or later people will... moreNot at all. When you develop an application, this data is the key for where you will even start. Right now, you will develop for 4.4+ (losing ~4.1% of the whole Android market) or for 5.0+ (losing ~12.7% of the market). This is why Google releases this information on their Android developer site, to help developers make better informed decisions.
This is actually relevant for users as well. If you're on Jelly Bean or lower, it's very clearly time to upgrade (as basically no developers will cater for you anymore). If you're on KK, it's time to start checking for opportunities for an upgrade. If you're on Lollipop you still get a pass as far as app compatibility goes.
Anonymous, 03 Sep 2018It's almost difficult to believe that 1 in 9 devices are still Android 4.
It would be inter... moreI'm in Europe and still own 7 years old Samsung phone running JellyBean.
And my uncle also owns S3 that runs JellyBean aswell.
Both of these phones are just secondary devices.
It's almost difficult to believe that 1 in 9 devices are still Android 4.
It would be interesting to see a more sensible breakdown of the numbers. How do the numbers look for phones, and how do they look for tablets? What about more localized stats, such as north America, or Europe?
Anonymous, 03 Sep 2018So the "project treble" is useless?Because not every OEM give key to Unlock Bootloader and give good software updates. That is why Project Treble does not give affect as its must be and usually its from famous OEMs mid range phones for example :
Locked Bootloader = Samsung/Huawei
Bad software updates (just one or even never upgrade OS = OPPO/vivo
And I think OEMs look Project Treble for easier update, not for longer updates. I hope Android OEM can upgrade OS minimal 3 times with 4years security patches.
am I the only one who think that such info. is redundant? come on, sooner or later people will update or upgrade to latest OS, either voluntarily or forced by end of support from their favourite app.
I'm sorta split with Marshmallow and Nougat for my 2nd favorite. Marshmallow gave me better battery life, less RAM usage, and the last to offer that Flappy Andy Easter egg. Nougat gave me split-screen, double tap and raise to wake on Pixel, and improved Doze.
On this site, I put MM at #2. On my Twitter, I put Nougat on it. I'll probably make it definitive right now and say Nougat. Split-screen is awesome! But Pie kills them all for #1. We finally got Matias Duarte's webOS card UI on our Androids! PiP is more refined and slick.
Again, you can never go back once you try Pie. I do alot of YouTube daily and I love the PiP feature with the official app. The card UI is so slick! You'll be amazed by its polish. Even the notifications improved.
Android 9 could be the apex with very little improvements from here. Hence, we need Google to create a new OS to cater to both desktops and mobile. A new OS that will make iOS, macOS, Windows, and Android look dated. I hope we get it within 5 years...
Better to wait many months of Beta testing by early adopters in the Pixel and other systems. Google will fix all these and when we buy our next flagship from Huawei or Honor or OP or Samsung, we will get a stable version of the OS. This is NOT iOS you don't need to constantly upgrade your OS. All you need is monthly or bi-monthly security patch and bug fixes. Few minor enhancements is more than sufficient for 3 years. You can't make your system to an OS optimized for a better hardware! It will only degrade performance of your device,
Kingslayer, 02 Sep 2018My favorite Android software - 1. Pie (9.0) 2. Marshmallow (6.0.1) 3. Nougat (7.1.2) 4. ... more4.4.2 so high? That's the worst android version of them all. It was the lowest point in android history. 4.2.2 was so good compared to that.
My favorite Android software -
1. Pie (9.0)
2. Marshmallow (6.0.1)
3. Nougat (7.1.2)
4. KitKat (4.4.2)
5. Oreo (8.0)
6. Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.1)
7. Lollipop (5.1)
8. Jelly Bean (4.1.2)
9. Gingerbread (2.3.6)
Never tried Honeycomb on tablets. Never tried any Android from Froyo and before. Android didn't hit its stride until ICS.
I already rank my $224 Essential Phone over my beloved LG G5 as my favorite smartphone ever thanks to the smaller size, better build quality, longer battery life, and amazing software experience with Pie.
My G5 has it all too like wide-angle, removable battery, microSD slot, and IR blaster. Kept it at MM because Nougat killed battery slightly on my previous G5. Maybe after a few years, G5 gets the #1 spot in my heart again thanks to the removable battery and it's easier to open up and fix.
Essential (for software) and G5 (for hardware features) are easily two of my favorite phones I've ever owned and my LG V20 and iPhone SE are no sloutches. I use both daily just the same. I'm telling everyone to only buy Pixel or Android One devices. The real way to experience Google's true vision.
Thank you, Andy Rubin. The Essential Phone is the Shenmue of smartphones. Underrated. Underappreciated. Will be remembered fondly 20 years from now.
Too much WHITE in Android 9 Pie. It should be grey or fully black theme. Much more elegant and classy theme.
Google fail again.
Especially with motorola as innovator engine at android is slowing down, hard to find in oz.
Lets back to iOS
Pie has some really nice changes.Google updates to make Android experience better not worse. These negative comments are silly. Stop living in your own head !
TheWanderer, 02 Sep 2018So what you're saying is that just because someone buys something it doesn't belong to them. B... moreYour point is valid. But what OP implied was that since the foundation of Android wasn't laid by Google, their hands were tied regarding what they could build on top of it post acquisition. Case in point being they can't just get rid of the modified JVM Android is built upon.