Google today revealed that only 10% of Android users are on the 9-month-old Android Pie.
Google also announced another initiative to help protect those 90% of Android users who appear not to be getting regular updates.
Starting with Android Q, Google will be distributing security updates directly via the Google Play Store.
Called Project Mainline, the service will address 12 different modules of the operating system in a component-type way, allowing Google to only patch media components for example if there is a vulnerability discovered.
Android has been componentized since the 2017 Android Oreo, and the effort should start paying off with Android Q.
This will not address all update issues, unfortunately, with full version updates still needing to pass through OEMs for customization and validation. The effort may, however, keep the billions of Android users with the Google Play Store installed that much safer.
Via The Verge