To say this yr’s Android improve efficiency has been a letdown can be one heck of an understatement.

Positive, you may level out the extensively cited stats displaying that Android 11’s adoption is one of the best of any latest Android model by way of what number of telephones are working the software program as of this six-month mark. And positive, that is actually one thing.

However what? That is a fairly frickin’ low bar to set. Once we’re speaking a couple of main new Android launch — software program that is full of essential privacy- and security-related enhancements that have an effect on how each Android itself and third-party apps are allowed to work together together with your knowledge — merely having a fifth of all Android telephones working the factor half a yr after its launch is not precisely a win price celebrating.

My data-driven Android 11 Improve Report Card says all of it. Utilizing the identical commonplace system I’ve relied on to grade Android device-makers for almost a decade now (associated: I’m 700 years previous), I discovered that outdoors of Google, each main U.S. flagship phone-maker did sufficient to earn solely a D-level or flat-out failing grade with its Android 11 improve deliveries. The second-place rating on this yr’s rating was a measly 68% D+. And issues solely worsen from there.

Even so, what’s listed in that newest Report Card is not the largest disappointment of all. Sure, everybody outdoors of Google can and ought to do higher at getting present software program out to their highest-paying clients in a fairly well timed method — however fairly frankly, at this level, most of these letdowns are roughly anticipated.

The most important disappointment is definitely one thing that is only a tiny asterisk within the sea of Android — one thing not even vital sufficient to earn a spot in that Improve Report Card evaluation. Nevertheless it’s one thing that had represented a tiny glimmer of promise within the greater Android image and one thing I had hoped can be a shining spotlight of this dialog.

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