Since August 15 last year, users of various Android devices have been able to switch to the 13th Android version. This is traditionally a rather gradual process, which is due to the breadth of providers, but also to the smartphone manufacturers themselves. Then:
- Updates are often rolled out to end devices months after the original release.
- Updates spread slowly
- After a few years there will be no more updates
This means that if you wanted to use the latest Android version, you had to buy a new cell phone every two years. That seems to be changing slowly but surely. This is indicated by figures from Android Studio.
Android 13 is getting more popular faster
According to Google’s latest penetration figures, Android 13 has more than doubled its market share since January 2023 9to5Google reported. According to this, Android 13 achieved a share of 12.1 percent in April 2023, compared to just 5 percent in January 2023, when the version first appeared in the statistics.
As a result, Android 13 has gained popularity faster than its predecessor. The latter had reached a market share of 13.3 percent after just under a year. If Android 13 continues to maintain a similar rate of adoption, it should be better off a year from now.
Android and the manufacturer’s update policy
company like Samsung and Xiaomi now offer longer version upgrades for their smartphones than a few years ago – both for the upper class and for cheaper devices that have a high market share.
The Xiaomi 13, for example, is to be equipped with the 14th, 15th and 16th version of the operating system after Android 13. Previously, two years of update support was standard.
That means: The number of devices that receive an upgrade to Android 13 is larger than it was a few years ago. This could lead to faster spread. We assume that other manufacturers will follow suit in the next few years.
Thus, fixing one of the problems mentioned above (few years of update supply) ensures that a second problem (low popularity of individual updates) is resolved at the same time.
By the way: Android 11 of 2020 has the largest market share of 23.5 percent in April 2023, followed by Android 10 of 2019 with 18.5 percent. Android 12 has now reached a market share of 16.5 percent.
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Which Android version are you using? Is it important to you to always have the latest Android operating system on your smartphone? What is your favorite Android 13 feature? How long does it take your manufacturer to roll out Google’s Android updates on their devices? Write it to us in the comments!