Google I/O 2016: Android deployment rate slips backward by 20 percent

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Over the last year, the pace of Google's Android deployment, already very slow, actually rolled backward by 20 percent over the previous year. Google is leading Android and Chrome toward stagnant beleaguerment.




Last year's optimism at Google I/O 2015 was clearly misplaced. Since then, Android has lost more ground within premium smartphones, has failed to create an attractive tablet platform and was unable to gain much traction for its latest new video gaming initiative. A larger problem, however, is that very few are even getting the new Android software Google releases each year.

Android's software deployment pace is slipping backward



Last year's summary of Google I/O 2015 noted that less than a tenth (9.7 percent, according to Google) of Android's active installed base had upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop, which had been introduced the prior year (around the time of iOS 8).


Source: Google


Another 39.8 percent were using 2013's Android 4.4 KitKat, then two years old (comparable to iOS 7), and 39.2 percent were still on some version of Jelly Bean, which dated back to 2012 (like iOS 6). Another eleven percent were stuck using software that was from 2011 or older. Those numbers were so dismal that it looked like Google could only improve on them.

It hasn't. Instead, a year later it can only report that 7.5 percent of its active base using Google Play are running its year old Android 6 Marshmallow (a 20 percent decrease in deployment success).

Further, only 35.6 percent are now running a two year old Android (a 10 percent decrease) and only 32.5 percent are now running a three year old Android (a 17 percent decrease). The remaining 24.4 percent are now using software four or more years old. That's a 120 percent increase in the number of users running extremely old Android software (on the level of iOS 6 or older).


Source: Google


Back in 2013, Apple began charting its own iOS deployment, showing that 93 percent of users were then on its latest, year old iOS 6. Back then, things looked rough for Android because "only" 33 percent of Google Play users were on Google's latest version of Android. Today Google's ability to keep its platform modern has deteriorated even more dramatically. How is that even possible?

Peak Phone is a big problem for Android



For one thing, growth in the smartphone market has been cooling off, and even disappeared entirely in some markets over the last year. Shipments of all smartphones grew by 282 million in 2014 (growth of nearly 28 percent) but only 131.2 million in 2015 (just ten percent growth). During 2016, overall sales are expected to be completely flat.

The rapid growth of Android's smartphone unit volumes that was expected to at some point result in a more desirable platform target for app developers compared to iOS is now gone. But it's not just the volumes that are missing. It's also the value of each unit sold.

Since 2010, the average selling price of Apple's iPhones has consistently remained within $50 of $700. In contrast, the ASP of Android phones has plummeted from $441 down toward $250. While iPhones used to sell at a $260 premium over the average Android, they're now selling at over a $400 premium. However, that's only looking at averages across the entire portfolio of phones being sold.

Google aimed at the low end, Samsung aimed at premium, both failed



The price of premium Android phones hasn't really been going down. Over that same period of time, Samsung's Galaxy S and Note models have carried retail prices similar to or higher than Apple's newest iPhone.

The reason Android's ASP is plummeting is that an increasing proportion of devices are being sold in the mid-grade or low-end tiers. If Android were actually delivering modern phones at lower prices, new users would be cost effectively gaining access to the latest Marshmallow. They're clearly not. Android 6 Marshmallow was not a high powered release targeting only expensive, premium Android phones

Android 6 Marshmallow was not a high powered release targeting only expensive, premium Android phones. In fact, the primary stated focus of that release was to enable basic phones for emerging markets to rapidly bring modern Android features to market via low cost hardware, an initiative Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai outlined as "Android One" for the "next billion users."

Android One turned out to be a huge flop. The fact that Marshmallow reached a new low for first year penetration of an Android release illustrates how badly Google has failed to achieve its stated objectives.


Sundar Pichai outlining Android One at I/O 2014


While Google failed to deploy modern Android via low end devices, Samsung failed in its efforts to expand into the premium tier. During its launch quarter ending in March, Galaxy S7 reached 9 million shipments, a slim fraction of the company's overall smartphone quarterly shipments of more than 80 million.

Outside of its top tier models, Samsung rarely bothers to upgrade many of its other middle tier devices, and mobile carriers often slow down the update cycle even further. In just one example, Verizon Wireless--a top tier U.S. carrier--is currently promoting Samsung's Galaxy S5, a phone that still ships with Android 4.4 KitKat. Remember that half of Android's global shipments are made by Samsung.


Verizon is promoting new phones with an iOS 7-era Android 4.4


Old versions of Android mean that the strategic features Google rolls out each year are not being broadly deployed. Apple does not have this problem, enabling it to rapidly shift its users to new services and quickly roll out new API features its third party developers can immediately use. That's attracting iOS development and building Apple's own Services growth.

What solutions to this increasing issue did Google offer at IO? One appeared to be Instant Apps, a mechanism it plans to roll out later this year that will enable components of apps to launch and run on systems dating back to Jelly Bean, reaching at least 75 percent of Google Play's active users. A second article examines the issues Instant Apps seek to address.
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  • Reply 1 of 42
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Love reading a DED truth piece.
    Let the knockoff devices bleed.
    edited May 2016 brakkenmagman1979pscooter63ericthehalfbeewonkothesanepotatoleeksoupbaconstangmejsricP-DogNCjbdragon
  • Reply 2 of 42
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member
    Well, hey, at least Google has Google Glass to fall back on.

    Oh. Yeah.  No.
    magman1979jkichlinecaliericthehalfbeepotatoleeksoupanton zuykovbaconstangmejsricP-DogNCjbdragon
  • Reply 3 of 42
    brakkenbrakken Posts: 676member
    How about Apple buys Overture's original search algorithms and makes them open source? And then makes Adblock Plus an integrated part of Safari. Yes please!

    magman1979badmonkjony0
  • Reply 4 of 42
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    brakken said:
    How about Apple buys Overture's original search algorithms and makes them open source? And then makes Adblock Plus an integrated part of Safari. Yes please!

    Hmmm sounds interesting.

    goog makes about %70 of their ad revenue from iOS users. They make about %80 of their total revenue from ads.
    I think Apple should cut that revenue stream, they have every right to.

    I wanna see Siri replace search and Adblock turned on by default.
    baconstangjony0patchythepirate
  • Reply 5 of 42
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,521member
    Over the last year, the pace of Google's Android deployment, already very slow, actually rolled backward by 20 percent over the previous year. Google is leading Android and Chrome toward stagnant beleaguerment. 
    oooh, that's the worst kind
    caliai46monstrosity
  • Reply 6 of 42
    I notice that DED uses an example of a vzw GS5 a phone that coindently is upgradable to to Android 5.0 lollipop. Just pointing out that Is purposefully being misleading as many places where you can buy a new iPhone 5s market it with iOS 7 we all know the truth there.

    As far as software updates Android manufacturers will often stop updating phones when they will not stand to benefit from the update and it will cause negative user experience. Apple tends to never do this sometimes updating phones to they are unusable. Just pointing out a few observations. And for your pleasure a screen shot of my device. some smart people go the Nexus route. If only more people knew it could be Apple vs Nexus true great devices
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  • Reply 7 of 42
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    I notice that DED uses an example of a vzw GS5 a phone that coindently is upgradable to to Android 5.0 lollipop. Just pointing out that Is purposefully being misleading as many places where you can buy a new iPhone 5s market it with iOS 7 we all know the truth there.

    As far as software updates Android manufacturers will often stop updating phones when they will not stand to benefit from the update and it will cause negative user experience. Apple tends to never do this sometimes updating phones to they are unusable. Just pointing out a few observations. And for your pleasure a screen shot of my device. some smart people go the Nexus route. If only more people knew it could be Apple vs Nexus true great devices
    No, I have an old 5C and every update is a pleasure and makes my iPhone feel like new again adding value that wasn't there 3 years ago.

    knockoffs don't compare. The manufacturer just doesn't give a sh** enough for the end user. Apple on the other hand tries to update as far back as possible for our benefit.
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  • Reply 8 of 42
    cali said:
    I notice that DED uses an example of a vzw GS5 a phone that coindently is upgradable to to Android 5.0 lollipop. Just pointing out that Is purposefully being misleading as many places where you can buy a new iPhone 5s market it with iOS 7 we all know the truth there.

    As far as software updates Android manufacturers will often stop updating phones when they will not stand to benefit from the update and it will cause negative user experience. Apple tends to never do this sometimes updating phones to they are unusable. Just pointing out a few observations. And for your pleasure a screen shot of my device. some smart people go the Nexus route. If only more people knew it could be Apple vs Nexus true great devices
    No, I have an old 5C and every update is a pleasure and makes my iPhone feel like new again adding value that wasn't there 3 years ago.

    knockoffs don't compare. The manufacturer just doesn't give a sh** enough for the end user. Apple on the other hand tries to update as far back as possible for our benefit.
    I am going to assume you are calling the Nexus 5x a I knock off. If you are not disregard the following.

    How is the Nexus 5x a knockoff of anything. Please tell me what similarities it has to the iPhone other then the easy ones touch screen and what not. Tell me is it Android if so please tell me what similarities are ripped out of iOS that are in Android that were not found on any device prior to the OG iPhone. I will like to point out everyone's big problem was that Android was originally a competitor to blackberry OS in its early dev then iPhone was released then boom touch screen. The iPhone shifted the market desire from candy bar to slate touch screen. Google being a business making a product to attract consumers shifted the development to touch screen thats it. If you look at the first versions of Android you will notice it had more in common with blackberry as far as operations go. Android has an app drawer same as blackberry, Android had its notifications placed in the top of the screen same as blackberry.
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  • Reply 9 of 42
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 743member
    brakken said:
    How about Apple buys Overture's original search algorithms and makes them open source? And then makes Adblock Plus an integrated part of Safari. Yes please!

    brilliant idea brakken and once again thanks to DED!
    ai46patchythepirate
  • Reply 10 of 42
    anton zuykovanton zuykov Posts: 1,031member
    sockrolid said:
    Well, hey, at least Google has Google Glass to fall back on.
    https://youtu.be/aDMKXFeBNVU
  • Reply 11 of 42
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,051member
    Hmmm sounds interesting.

    goog makes about %70 of their ad revenue from iOS users. They make about %80 of their total revenue from ads.
    I think Apple should cut that revenue stream, they have every right to.

    I wanna see Siri replace search and Adblock turned on by default.
    The actual percentage of Google's income from advertising is 90.4 percent, just to clarify, so its an even more vulnerable target that you had suggested.
    jbdragonpatchythepiratelostkiwi
  • Reply 12 of 42
    Perhaps Google devs have reached the 'why bother' moment?
    If Google/alphabet can't make the device makers update their phone what hope is there for them to get a consistent API version on the vast majority of devices?
    My one foray into Android world was a failure. The HTC device I had never got off Gingerbread. Not one security update.
    You can even buy a new one from Ebay today. I feel rather sad for anyone buying a device like this today.
    Oh, and it bricked when I tried to load Cynanogen on it.

    What alternative is there to Android or IOS?
    With MS basically (IMHO) trying to get out of the Mobile Phone space there isn't one. Rather Sad really.
    Yes I do know that they may release a surface phone but what will differentiate it from a Windows Phone as far as the user is concerned? The UI and apps will be identical won't they?

    So we are left with Apple.
    Apple isn't perfect but IMHO, it is the standardbearer when we regard updates and support. The sad thing that without compatition we will see IOS dev slowing. Perhaps we are already seeing that? I don't know.

    lostkiwi
  • Reply 13 of 42
    baconstangbaconstang Posts: 527member
    Google was going for "It just works", but the Android translation turned into "stagnant beleaguerment".
    anton zuykovjbdragon
  • Reply 14 of 42
    baconstangbaconstang Posts: 527member
    I notice that DED uses an example of a vzw GS5 a phone that coindently is upgradable to to Android 5.0 lollipop. Just pointing out that Is purposefully being misleading as many places where you can buy a new iPhone 5s market it with iOS 7 we all know the truth there.
    Why would an iPhone distributor bother to update a 5s when doing after purchase is a trivial task?
    My 5s is running 9.3.2 just fine, and I'm guessing it will handle iOS 10 easily.
    edited May 2016 patchythepirate
  • Reply 15 of 42
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,835member
    Gatorguy will soon correct all this nonsense with numerous links proving proof  Android and Google are destroying Apple.
    ai46lostkiwitmay
  • Reply 16 of 42
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,835member
    cali said:
    Love reading a DED truth piece.
    Let the knockoff devices bleed.
    'Bleed out' is the term I prefer :)
    baconstangpatchythepirate
  • Reply 17 of 42
    sphericspheric Posts: 1,683member
    I notice that DED uses an example of a vzw GS5 a phone that coindently is upgradable to to Android 5.0 lollipop. Just pointing out that Is purposefully being misleading as many places where you can buy a new iPhone 5s market it with iOS 7 we all know the truth there.

    As far as software updates Android manufacturers will often stop updating phones when they will not stand to benefit from the update and it will cause negative user experience. Apple tends to never do this sometimes updating phones to they are unusable. Just pointing out a few observations. And for your pleasure a screen shot of my device. some smart people go the Nexus route. If only more people knew it could be Apple vs Nexus true great devices
    I'm gonna go out on a limb and claim that the places where you can still buy new 5s do not have significant numbers of that phone in stock. Certainly no major provider is pushing them just to get rid of all the stock they never managed to sell (these are very probably all phones that Samsung "shipped" one and two years ago, padding their numbers).
     
    It's cute that this phone can be upgraded to a system that is then merely a year out of date, with no hope of being upgraded beyond that. If you really want to argue Android superiority, my recommendation is that you DO NOT TOUCH upon update availability.

     Judging by sales numbers of the Nexus devices, there are apparently very, very few "smart people" using Android. This article is not about them, anyway.
    edited May 2016 jbdragonai46ericthehalfbeebaconstangtmay
  • Reply 18 of 42
    croprcropr Posts: 871member
    cali said:
    brakken said:
    How about Apple buys Overture's original search algorithms and makes them open source? And then makes Adblock Plus an integrated part of Safari. Yes please!

    Hmmm sounds interesting.

    goog makes about %70 of their ad revenue from iOS users. They make about %80 of their total revenue from ads.
    I think Apple should cut that revenue stream, they have every right to.

    I wanna see Siri replace search and Adblock turned on by default.
    The 70% of iOS is for the mobile part in the US, these are not global figures nor mobile + desktop combined.
    I do not see how Apple can cut that source dry.  Siri might be good in English for US and UK related content, but for a lot of  other languages it is just worthless.
    I am Dutch speaking, living in Belgium and Siri understands roughly me 1 of out 8 times, and if it understands the question correctly, it gives most of time non localized answers.  Apple delayed the new Apple TV in Belgium, because navigating with Siri did not work (upsetting the French speaking Belgians). 

       
    singularity
  • Reply 19 of 42
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 19,720member
    Gatorguy will soon correct all this nonsense with numerous links proving proof  Android and Google are destroying Apple.
    While I appreciate your invitation I don't know where anyone could dredge up stats to prove that Google is (or even trying to) "destroy" Apple. They'd have to be made up, something I studiously avoid and wish others would too but it is what it is. Funny that you think they are tho so carry on with circling the wagons. You know they're coming for you...  
    :wink: 

    Secondly I've come to enjoy all the posturing that follows a DED article. I've learned it's more fun to just read the comments.
    edited May 2016 staticx57morrolancnocbuilord amhransingularitytechloversirlance99dasanman69
  • Reply 20 of 42
    P-DogNCP-DogNC Posts: 23member
    So...a Galaxy S5 can be upgraded to a 2 year old OS the moment you bring it home. That should be noted in the original article. However, it should also be noted that a five-year-old iPhone 4s, if one purchased it used, could instantly be upgraded to the latest version of iOS the moment it is brought home. That does not solve the fragmentation issue within the premium android smartphone market and was the entire point of the original article in the first place.
    jbdragonai46bobschlobbaconstangpatchythepirate
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