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Android's fragmentation problem: Oreo software runs only on 0.3% of devices

15 November 2017, 02:04 | Lucia Cruz

Android distribution numbers for November show almost no change for Oreo

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HTC U11 has been listed on Geekbench running the Android 8.0 Oreo hinting that the software testing is in full swing and if previous release pattern is taken as any indication, the company might deploy the final version to the public en masse by this month end or early December. If we look at the latest stats (the far right edge), we can see that almost half of these devices are two years out of date.

As mentioned, Essential said it would deliver an Oreo update back in September, with a promise that it would arrive sometime "in the next couple months". 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.

Google has been trying to tackle the crippling issue of Android fragmentation for years now, but the latest evidence seems to prove the firm's efforts are futile. And considering that Google's latest platform version breakdown shows that just 0.3% of devices have been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, there are approximately 1.99 billion phones and tablets that have yet to receive the most recent update (which originally launched in August, by the way).

Android Nougat, that had a share of 17.8% last month, now has a share of 20.6%. Now some of you might be confused as, phones like OnePlus, Samsung and some Android skins will indicate to you which app is draining your battery, but with this new update, it will become a feature included with the Android operating system rather than manufacturer enabled feature.

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All the same, it's a welcome upgrade, and notable given most of the rest of the Android smartphone world is yet to get up to speed with Oreo.

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.

There's another good reason to pick up an Essential Phone, with the company releasing its Android Oreo beta today.



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