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

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

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. Just like it rolls out security patch for Android every month. Google announces a new version of Android, and then everyone waits for it to eventually reach their device.

At the moment, Android Marshmallow stands at 30.9 percent, making it the most used version of Android.

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. And since the analysis looked at market share, that portion of devices running outdated Android - between the 80th to 100th percentile mark on his graph - is also now much larger in absolute terms. He found that the proportion of devices that are the most outdated is even greater today than in 2014.

To be precise, the stats are based on active devices interacting with Google Play over the period of a week. This is just a beta, as mentioned, but it's broadly available for anyone interested enough in the Oreo update to try out pre-release software.




"At this point, we should expect that there are more than one billion devices that are two years out of date!" Also, this means that low internal storage devices - midrange and budget phones - will still have to run Android Oreo to take advantage of this upcoming feature.

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 Oreo is here.


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