Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

As you can see, Android 7 Nougat was the big victor in the November distribution chart with a gain of 2.8% over its October results. But this week, programmer Dan Luu discovered a worrisome trend after combing through some data: Uptake of new versions of Android appears to be slowing down.

Google's Project Treble promises to help speed up vendor releases of new Android versions, but the benefits of this technology will probably take several years, since only devices that ship with Android Oreo can take advantage of it.

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

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.

One billion outdated Android devices.

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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. Of course, we're talking about Android fragmentation.

To be precise, the stats are based on active devices interacting with Google Play over the period of a week.

"At this point, we should expect that there are more than one billion devices that are two years out of date!" Meanwhile, vendors are still launching new devices with pre-Oreo Android.

As it turns out, most other phone makers have confirmed that at least the flagship phones will get the newest Android as an update before the end of the year.

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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