Android is the most widely used operating system in the world and it continues to cross new milestones. Google confirmed during its I/O 2019 developers conference yesterday that there are now more than 2.5 billion active Android devices being used across the globe. The figure was revealed by Stephanie Cuthbertson, an Android director at Google.
The company pointed out that these 2.5 billion active devices were manufactured by 180 different hardware companies. They’re obviously not all smartphones as you’ll even find seatback entertainment screens in aeroplanes running on Android. In addition to revealing just how many Android devices are being used globally, the company also posted its Android distribution numbers for the first time in over six months. The last we saw these figures was back in October 2018.
The latest data shows that Android 9 Pie, the latest iteration of Google’s mobile OS, is running on 10 percent of the Android devices samples. Android 8.1 and 8.0 account for 15.4 and 12.9 percent devices respectively. Android 6.0 currently has the biggest share of the pie with 16.9 percent distribution.
Google is now gearing up to launch Android Q later this year. It has confirmed that the Android Q beta 3 is readily available for almost two dozen smartphones, many of them from third-party OEMs.