Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

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

The new software has been pushed out via Essential's developer site, fulfilling its promise back in October to quickly move users to the latest version of Android.

These not very encouraging numbers stem from the fact that phone makers, as has been the case over the past few years, have been taking their own sweet time in updating phones with Android's latest version.

So, here are the detailed Android platform share figures, with comparison to the previous month for some context...

At the moment, Android Marshmallow stands at 30.9 percent, making it the most used version of Android. Other than Oreo and Nougat, every other version of Android suffered losses, with even Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich losing 0.1%.

One billion outdated Android devices.

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To be precise, the stats are based on active devices interacting with Google Play over the period of a week. 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. Of course, we're talking about Android fragmentation.

"At this point, we should expect that there are more than one billion devices that are two years out of date!"

In terms of features, Android Oreo is equipped with a customizable system for managing notifications, which can be grouped by type of application to facilitate access. Things might get better at the beginning of 2018, as more companies will start pushing Oreo updates to devices already available on the market.

Oreo comes with a few significant changes, including badge notifications for individual apps, a redesigned settings menu and a number of behind-the-scenes improvements created to help with system speed, overall performance and battery life.

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