What you need to know
- Google says Android 10 has hit 400 million users 10 months from launch.
- It's a faster adoption than previous versions of Android, which sat at just under 300 million for Android 9 and 100 million for Android 8.0 Oreo at the same timeframe.
- The growth is attributed to Google's closer coordination with OEMs as it works to deliver timely updates.
It's no secret that Google's Android updates aren't as fast as iOS, but Google is picking up the pace. With Projects like Mainline, Treble, and even Android One, the company has been working on getting updates out to customers faster.
From a new chart Google released today over on the Android Developers Blog, it's working:
As per the chart, Android 10 has hit 400 million users in the same time period that saw Android 9 just about touching 300 million. 8.0 Oreo was on just over 100 million devices then as well.
In the future, Google points out a couple of things that have and will continue to help speed up how it delivers updates. There are the OEM Developer Previews where Android OEMs can widely test out future builds of the next release of Android alongside Google's Pixels, we see this even now in Android 11. Google has also made 21 OS components Play Store updateable, which means it can deliver some important updates through the Play Store as easily as an app update.
It will also work with OEMs on Android 11 to implement what it calls a Virtual A/B system. In essence, it'll make Android updates work like Chromebook updates from the POV of the user. All instant, and in the background. It already has A/B updates as an option for OEMs, but the method saw limited adoption due to restrictive space requirements that virtual A/B solves.
If Google's plans work out, we should see faster OS updates next year as the company and its OEMs make use of all these new tools. It won't be as good as Apple's iOS, but that's impossible at the scale Android operates, and consumers who care know how to pick their products.
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Mobile ads are so loud when clicking an article from widget. I have to remind myself to turn volume down before clicking article. Is there anything on acs end to lower the volume of ads?
Not only that but have you noticed that if you use Android 10, the "swipe back" gesture no longer works for getting rid of the adds fast?
I guess it's better than it used to be, but this is NOT a good look for Android...
Updates have improved on Android but it's still not good enough compared to iOS and that's one of the reasons of many why I'm switching back to iPhone with an iPhone 11 as my daily driver for good in exactly 4 weeks now.
I can wait till you do Beno! but I've a feeling you'll be back in the android side after a few months on iOS, as iOS is just so boring.
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