The slow pace of Android updates over the past 5 years

Google has released updates for its Android operating system on a regular basis in recent years, but the adoption of the software does not happen instantly.

While high-end devices may come with the latest version of Android installed, the updates usually take a lot longer to roll out to older devices – even previous-generation flagships.

According to data published on Statista , the current Android OS share for the first half of 2018 is:

  • Oreo 8.0 – 4.9%
  • Oreo 8.1 – 0.8%
  • Nougat 7.0 – 22.9%
  • Nougat 7.1 – 8.2%
  • Marshmallow 6.0 – 25.5%
  • Lollipop 5.0 – 4.8%
  • Lollipop 5.1 – 17.6%
  • KitKat 4.4 – 10.3%
  • Jelly Bean 4.1 – 1.5%
  • Jelly Bean 4.2 – 2.2%
  • Jelly Bean 4.3 – 0.6%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 – 4.0.4) – 0.4%
  • Gingerbread (2.3.3 – 2.3.7) – 0.3%

The slow rollout of updates to Android users is influenced by a number of factors,

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