App downloads suggest around 10 million modern Pixel devices are running Android 12
We can finally get an idea of the approximate number of “modern” Pixel devices running Android 12 – around 10 million, according to app details on the Play Store.
As spotted by 9to5Google, a recently added app called “Security Hub” currently lists over 10 million downloads on the Play Store. As explained by 9 to 5the Security Hub app that shipped with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and later became available for Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a 5G, 5, and 5a devices running Android 12. Devices prior to Pixel 4 do not support support the Application Security Hub, even if they are on Android 12.
In November, the Play Store listed the number of downloads for Security Hub at 5 million, but 9 to 5 reports that the number rose to 10 million a few days ago.
Given the limitations around which Pixel devices have the Security Hub app, this gives us a very, very rough estimate of the number of recent Pixel devices running Android 12. This is particularly interesting given that Google just released a quarterly sales record for Pixel (likely on the back of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro). The search giant, however, did not share specific sales figures.
Needless to say, 10 million isn’t a lot when it comes to smartphones. Samsung shipped around 76.5 million smartphones and Apple shipped around 52.4 million units in just A quarter of 2021. Heck, estimates for the arguably incredibly niche foldable segment point to some 9 million units shipped for the whole of 2021.
Granted, it’s entirely possible that not every Pixel from Series 4 to Series 6 will run Android 12. But I find that unlikely – one of the main benefits of getting a Pixel on another device Android is the frequency of updates and first access to new versions of Android. About 10 million devices over three years of products are not very beautiful.