In keeping with “tradition”, Google has only put real effort into bringing Android 13 to Pixel series devices, leaving other manufacturers to pursue their own strategies. Thus, the first devices with Android 13 are the newly launched ones, followed a few weeks later by last year’s generation flagships, then other recent phones and tablets. The problem is that for the latter, the wait time for the update can be anywhere from a few months to almost a year.
Including only devices that have received the official firmware so far, Android 13 is running on just 5.2% of Android devices in circulation. The even worse news is that more than a year after its official debut, Android 12/12L’s predecessor doesn’t offer any better stats either, with this version found on just 18.9% of all Android devices in active use, up from a 13.5% share reported in August.
In 3rd place in the Android rankings is Android Oreo, with 10% market share, followed by Android KitKat with 0.7%, down from 0.9% in August.
While it may seem small, the 5.2% share attributed to Android 13 devices is actually a positive development for the Android ecosystem, indicating a greater willingness of OEMs to update devices in their portfolio. This is where the well-known brands such as Samsung, OnePlus, ASUS, OPPO, Vivo stand out in particular, as they have turned the early release of updates into a real competition.