Android distribution numbers for November show nearly no change for Oreo


Google's Project Treble promises to help speed up vendor releases of new Android versions, but only devices like the new Pixel 2 that ship with Android Oreo can take advantage of it.

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.

Using Android market share data, Luu was able to create a graph showcasing the growing divide between Android version usage over time.

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It is when we see Android distribution numbers each month that we face the harsh fact of the Android ecosystem.

He writes: "In May 2017, Google announced that there are over two billion active Android devices". Just like it rolls out security patch for Android every month. If we look at the latest stats (the far right edge), we can see that almost half of these devices are two years out of date. He found that the proportion of devices that are the most outdated is even greater today than in 2014. 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.

Year after year, owners of expensive flagship devices are forced to wait more than six months for OS updates and the problem is showing no signs of abating. While there is some hope that Google has started on the long road to recover with Android 8.0, it will be years before Google comes close to catching Apple, providing it ever does. While Android 7.0 rose by 1.9 percent, to 14.2 percent, Android 7.1 saw a smaller 0.4 percent rise to 1.6 percent.