If there is a recurring theme that has been asking Google to fix it on Android almost from its beginning, fragmentation will undoubtedly be. Due to the way the system is built, and how Google relates to the rest of the manufacturers and operators, although every year there is a new version of the operating system, the reality is that users normally use much earlier versions.
Curiosities about the fragmentation of Android that nobody had told you
Android fragmentation has always been around, but there is a lot of data that goes unnoticed in Android reports.
In recent times we have seen Google take great steps to try to solve this, with strategies such as Project Treble in Android Oreo or Project Mainline in Android 10. And it seems to work.
Android 10 is the version of the system with the highest update speed
The Android development team has published an article on its blog in which it shows us in a graph the speed of adoption of the last three major versions of Android, Android 8 Oreo, Android 9 Pie and Android 10.
As you can see, over the last few years the speed at which mobiles have been updated is increasing. If we look at the same period of time since the release of each version, Android 10 has been installed on 28% more devices than Android 9. And that was already a substantial improvement over Android 8.
Android updates will improve this year
In Google they are aware that this has room for improvement so for Android 11 they will fight fragmentation in various ways.
- The collaboration with various manufacturers so they have beta versions available even before the official version is released. In the case of Android 11 we already told you which mobiles could install the trial versions.
- The Google Play Store and Google Play Services they will continue to gain importance in updating parts of the system. In Android 11 there will be nine functions that can be improved without having to launch a new OTA: Tethering, NNAPI, Emergency Alert Reception, adbd, Internet Key Exchange, Media Provider, statsd, WiFi and SDK extensions.
- The Generic Kernel Image (GKI) so that security updates reach more mobiles and faster.
- Finally, in Android 11 the background updates, so that the mobiles receive the OTAs and the operation of the terminal for the user is not interrupted. They will be installed on the next restart of the terminal.
Obviously, these figures are still very far from those obtained by Apple on their iPhones, but taking into account the type of system of the Cupertino company and what Google is trying to do, we do not believe that Android will ever come close to the levels of iOS, as we saw in April.