Android Fragmentation: One billion active devices now out of date

Android Fragmentation: One billion active devices now out of date

Other than Oreo and Nougat, every other version of Android suffered losses, with even Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich losing 0.1%. Nougat has gotten a nice boost from 17.8% to 20.6%, marking over a fifth of all Android devices accessing Google Play Services running a fairly recent version of Android.

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

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.

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. This feature is activated when a device runs low on storage space, and this is how it works - after a length of time specified by Android, applications that haven't been used in a while are marked as inactive. "In May 2017, Google announced that there are over two billion active Android devices".

Besides the HTC U11, the company has confirmed the release of Android Oreo update to HTC U Ultra and HTC 10.

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His graph also highlights that there are now more than a billion devices that are two years out of date. This is perhaps one of the reasons for the regular malware attacks on Android phones, since the older operating systems are not as robust in terms of security, data encryption and handling malware.

The notable aspect of the Android Oreo is the Rescue Party feature, which helps the device to recover from constant boot loops. Things might get better at the beginning of 2018, as more companies will start pushing Oreo updates to devices already available on the market.

Android Oreo is here.

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