Google's Android graph shows Android 10 has the fastest adoption rate yet

Android 11 release date scheduled for 8 September

Google's Project Treble and Project Mainline were introduced to help OEMs roll out the latest Android OS faster and more conveniently, and it seems to be yielding results.

The news will come courtesy of an announcement made to the Android Builders blog right now, with Google pointing to a 28% more quickly adoption charge than Android 9 Pie, achieving 100 million gadgets 5 months soon after start.

According to ArsTechnica, Google said there were 2.5 billion active devices a year ago - and 400 million running the latest version is only 16% of the possible install base. Because of these efforts, Google says the adoption of Android 10 has been faster than any previous versions of Android.

"Thanks to Project Treble and our continuous collaboration with silicon manufacturers and OEM partners, we have improved the overall quality of the ecosystem and accelerated Android 9 Pie OS adoption by 2.5x compared to Android Oreo", said Anwar Ghuloum, Engineering Director at Google, last year. So, we don't know just how many devices or what percentage of all devices are now running on Android 10. If you own one of those smartphone models, you can already download the latest version of the OS for testing purposes.

For the uninitiated, Google adds proprietary features and services on top of Android and licenses it to device makers. 21 distinct OS elements can now be independently updated, nine more than the last OS version.

Though Google is developing Android, it's up to device manufacturers and wireless carriers to sign it off before it reaches consumers. Currently, it runs on over 400 million devices globally. Android 8.0 and 8.1 were substantially behind that with around 100 million at the same point. Google says, "Mainline provides security and privacy updates for the OS in a way that's similar to apps - through Google Play".

In case you're wondering how this is possible, Google claims it all comes down to its improvements to ship updates more effectively and a lot faster to Android devices. The new Generic Kernel Images will work across all Android devices, too, enabling faster security patch deployments.

A noticeable change Android 11 Beta 2 brings is the updated Pixel Launcher that doesn't have transparency anymore, XDA Developers have noted. This is something that has been missing from Google's reporting and feedback of late. If it ever revives that feature, we'll know Google has fixed its fragmentation woes.

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