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Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential Phone

15 November 2017, 02:03 | Justin Tyler

Android and Apple fans can argue endlessly about who stole what and which phones are better, but there is at least one area where Android has consistently failed to keep up with its biggest rival: fragmentation.

If you are an Android phone user, and your smartphone runs the newest Android 8.0 (Oreo) operating system, count yourself very lucky.

The 0.3 percent mark for Android Oreo is an improvement over the 0.2 percent market that the OS version held last month as reported by GSMArena. Google has released the November distribution numbers for Android running on devices globally, and a measly 0.3% of all Android devices run the newest software-a rather minimal gain from 0.2% last month.

Luu attributes the malaise to a combination of three possible factors; Android growth is slowing down, Android device turnover is slowing down and that fewer devices are receiving updates.


"But even with the data we have, we can take a guess at how many outdated devices are in use", Luu writes.

To be precise, the stats are based on active devices interacting with Google Play over the period of a week. Indeed, the majority of devices are still on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though Android 7.0 Nougat is just a fraction of a percentage point behind. The situation won't improve by much since HMD and Huawei are the ones that will offer Android 8.0 Oreo updates for some of its smartphones by the end of the year.

After a length of time specified by Android's sysprop pm.dexopt.unopt_after_inactive_days field, applications that haven't been used in a while are marked as inactive by Android and downgraded.

To put that into perspective, over 50% of all iOS devices have already been updated to iOS 11 less than two months after launch. Android 8.0 (Oreo) was rolled out in August.



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