Android is undoubtedly the most popular smartphone Operating System. According to StatCounter, as of April 2019, Android’s smartphone market share stood at 74.85% compared to iOS which was 22.94%.
At its annual I/O developer conference, Android’s senior director Stephanie Cuthbertson shared some interesting statistics announcing that there are over 2.5 billion devices running Android worldwide. Android was first released ten years ago and has reached these numbers within that period, a big milestone for Google indeed.
The 2.5 billion number accounts for the Google Play Store statistics and does not take into account all the other non-Google Play Store devices such as the ones in China that do not have Google Play Services enabled. What this means is that the total number of devices running Android is way more than 2.5 billion.
Android Q Beta 3
Google made this announcement as it launched Android Q beta 3 that is available for 21 devices including the Nokia 8.1 and the Tecno Spark 3 Pro. It is great seeing Tecno being part of this exclusive group but I am disappointed the company is yet to share the details on how customers can get the update.
On HMD’s part, the company said “The Android Pie developer preview was a huge success with tens of thousands of members collaborating with us and each other to develop and optimise their apps for Android 9 Pie, ensuring that they could be rolled out seamlessly. With Android Q, we’re planning on following in the footsteps of the Nokia 7 Plus, ensuring developers have early access for app development.”
I have Android Q on my Nokia 8.1 and will be sharing details on the OS if I feel like there is some information you need to know.