This week, on our weekly news roundup: Android Pie is nowhere to be seen in the distribution charts of Android, EMUI 9 Beta is now available for more Huawei devices, and more!
What's new this week?
- Android Gingerbread is actually running on more devices than Android Pie?
- Screenshots from the latest Samsung Experience 10 Beta are leaked
- Xiaomi publishes a list of devices that are getting Android Oreo and Android Pie in Q4
- Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2S will receive the camera software of Mi Mix 3
- EMUI 9 Beta is here for numerous Huawei devices
We recently checked the distribution dashboard of Android and noticed something very strange. Android Gingerbread was there with a share of 0.2% while Android Pie is nowhere to be seen.
Does that mean that Android Pie is actually running on less than 0.1% of all devices? If so, then this is somewhat amazing.
After all, Android Gingerbread is an OS that came out many years ago and is obviously not supported anymore. On the other hand, Android Pie is the most recent release.
"Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown." So, Android Pie is indeed not even running on the 0.1% of Android devices.
Not only it's the most recent release, but also the most secure and optimized one. So, why is it that practically nobody is using it?
Well, if we are to guess, then we'll have to go with the fact that manufacturers do take a while to release updates for their devices. At least that seems to be the biggest issue.
We can almost guarantee you that moving forward with this article, you will see devices that are getting updated to Android Oreo but not to Android Pie. And that's 3 months after its release.
Samsung Experience 10
There is no doubt that Samsung is one of the biggest phone manufacturers in the world right now. However, you've got to admit that when it comes to keeping up with software updates, they are not exactly the fastest.
After all, Android Pie
has been out for about 3 months now and the Galaxy Note 9 - which is Samsung's most recent flagship - is still running Android Oreo.
Well, at the very least, we managed to find a few leaked screenshots from the latest Beta of Samsung Experience 10.
Samsung Experience 10 has elements from both Android Pie and Samsung's new skin. The fonds now look a bit more friendly.
The messages and the dialer look rather beautiful and clean now. None of the weird color bugs that we saw on the previous build seem to be present here.
The multitasking screen is almost the same as the one that the Pixel 3 has. But, Samsung has its own navigation system.
So, that's pretty much everything for now. Those of you who have signed up for the Beta with a Galaxy S9/S9+ device should receive this update pretty soon. Till then, we'll keep you updated if anything else comes up.
Xiaomi released a list of devices that will soon receive either Android Oreo or Pie. The Mi Mix 2S, Mi8, and Mi8 explorer are actually already running Android Pie.
The Oreo update for the Mi 5s Plus is delayed a bit due to unresolved software issues and the Redmi 5, 5A, 5 Plus, and Mi 5X will receive an Oreo update in this quarter.
The Mi8 lineup and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
will receive Android Pie around the same time period.
On a side note, our Redmi Note 5 Global received a couple of minor updates which mostly contained bug fixes. The Android security patch has yet to be updated since the last month, though.
Mi Mix 2S and Mi 8
When the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
got announced, everyone - including us - were mostly focused on the sliding mechanism of the device. However, let's not forget that the camera is nothing to laugh about either. It performs extraordinary well.
With that being said, it makes sense that Xiaomi would update more of its devices that have the same camera hardware with the same camera software. And that's precisely what they did.
The Mi Mix 2S and the Mi 8 lineup will receive the same camera software with the Mi Mix 3 through an update. We currently don't have any information on when that'll happen, but it will and that's good to know.
For your information, all of the above-mentioned phones use a 12MP Sony IMX 363 CMOS sensor as the main camera and a Samsung S5K3M3 sensor that acts as a telephoto lens.
EMUI 9 which is based on Android Pie is now available for numerous Huawei devices. Here are the most recent ones that were added:
- Huawei Mate 9/Pro
- P10/P10 Plus
- Nova 2s
- Nova 3
- M5 8.4/10.8
- M5 Pro 10.8
- Honor Note 10
- Honor 9/V9
If you're in interested in applying to the Beta program, then you need to keep 3 things in mind:
- You need to have a specific software build installed on your device
- A limited number of devices per model can apply for the Beta program
- This is for China but we expect that other regions will soon be included - if they are not already
According to Huawei, this is the specific build number that you must have installed in order to apply in the Beta program:
As we mentioned above, only a small number of devices per model will be able to participate in the Beta program. We don't know the exact number but it should be about 500 to 1500.
Huawei - and other manufacturers as well - are doing this to avoid any massive catastrophes. In case that something goes wrong with the unfinished software, only a limited number of devices will be affected.
With that being said, apart from EMUI 9, this is also Android Pie which is the latest version of Android. It's good to see that Huawei works towards delivering Android Pie in their older devices as well.
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