Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Android Oreo hits 0.2% adoption after 1 month

Android Oreo hits 0.2% adoption after 1 month

Given the dynamics of carrier network testing, OEM testing, chip testing, among other factors, it'll be a few months before the Oreo update is made available to a majority of Android users.

Movement among the versions tends to the glacial, but Android "Nougat" 7.x has notably gained 2 extra points in percentage share. But the folks at Android are constantly working hard to eliminate Android fragmentation on the countless devices running its software.

There's no doubt that Google is playing with good cards by launching a beta program to Android versions. The latest updates of Google are telling the stories circling around the beta update to Android Oreo for Android watches. And, sticking to its monthly routine, Google has now shared Android distribution numbers for this month.

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According to October's distribution chart, Android 7.0 Nougat rose by 1.6% to 15.8% while Android 7.1 Nougat saw an increase of 0.4% to 2.0%.

That being said, the Android distribution numbers released by Google, at best, convey an estimated trend and not a precise figure, as Google's Platform Versions tool sources its data from the Google Play Store app.

Thus talking about the latest version, Android 8.0 Oreo which has been mostly rolled out to Pixel and Nexus devices, it is now running on 0.2 percent of active devices. This is the reason why continued updates for these phones don't make a big difference on the distribution chart. Android Lollipop takes up 27.7 percent of active Android devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 6.7 percent of devices and Android 5.1 Lollipop at 22 percent that checked into Google Play. Rounding things out is Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, both of which held steady at 0.6 percent usage.

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