Android 13 is starting to gain traction among smartphone users, but we’re already getting closer to the release of Android 14, which will most likely take place in August or September. Thus, the news that the current version of the operating system is somewhat more popular does not have such a big impact, since it is already going to be replaced.
Android 13 has grown a lot, but it’s still behind versions 10, 11 and 12
Google published the ranking of the most used versions of Android, and of all of them, Android 13 had the biggest increase in half a year. The data is collected on May 30, and is compared to January 2023.
Android 13 was only present on 5.2% of active devices in January, but is now present on 15%, proof that many companies have started to offer faster updates to a wider selection of devices. However, Android 12, the version released in 2021, is still more popular, with 16.3 percent of the total, but down 2.6 percent from the beginning of the year.
Android 11 is still the most popular version of Google’s operating system, with 23.1% of the total, down just 1.3% from January. And Android 10 is still very popular with 17.8%, being present on more devices than the two most recent versions taken individually.
Google has updated the Android version distribution statistics shown in Android Studio to reflect the latest data as of May 30, 2023. Here’s how the % of (GMS Android) devices has changed since January 2023 when the stats were last publicly updated.
– Android 13: 5.2% – 15%
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Even Android 9 is “holding up” with 11.9% of the total 5 years after release, while Android 8 and 8.1 are used by only 2.2 and 6.1% of the total users respectively of Android phones.
Android 7.1, 7, 6, 5.1, 5 and 4.4 variants all have less than 3% each, with the least popular being Android 5 at 0.3%.
We do not expect to see major changes to this ranking until the end of the year. Android 14 will roll out to Pixel models first, and manufacturers will roll out updates to their flagship models first. Probably only next year we will see this version for the mid-range and entry-level ones. However, it is possible that in the coming months we will witness an increase in the popularity of the Android 13 variant, once the models in the lower ranges receive this update promised since last year.
sursa: Android Central