Google used to publish these statistics about the spread of Android versions once a month. At some point, I guess they realized that those numbers were depressing, so they extended the publication cycle to once every three months. It didn’t help much. Depra is still difficult.
At the beginning of August, Android 12, which will soon be replaced by 13, was running on 13.3% of Android phones in circulation, or about one in eight. This is a devastating result compared to Apple’s iOS 15, which was on 88.9% of iPhones in the world a month ago.
Of course, it is not for comparison because there are far fewer iPhone models than Android, not to mention one iPhone manufacturer and dozens of brands in the Android world. It’s kind of sad anyway.
In any case, at the moment it is comforting that at least the most widely used version of Android is the penultimate one. Thus, we still find the very current Android 11 on 27% of devices, followed by Android 10 with 18.8% of the Android pie.
Interestingly, there are still active Android phones with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
In short, Android 12 is rolling out somewhat slower than Android 11 before it, but still certainly faster than it was a few years ago.
Realistically speaking, new versions of Android rarely bring anything really revolutionary, so there’s no particular reason to suffer.
It’s much more important that your phone gets regular security updates, which Google delivers every month.
Android 13 is in the beta testing phase, and we expect the official version on Pixel phones in September.
The fragmentation of the Abdroid platform is an intractable problem, but at least the software support has been extended lately. Some now guarantee four Android updates and five years of security patches.
So if you intend to use the same Android phone for more than two years, choose a brand that will support it as long as you need it.