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Android distribution numbers for November show nearly no change for Oreo

Android distribution numbers for November show nearly no change for Oreo

Each month Google publishes a chart that offers us an overall image over the various versions of Android and how are they distributed among users.

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

As mentioned, Essential said it would deliver an Oreo update back in September, with a promise that it would arrive sometime "in the next couple months". "Given Android's update model, we should expect approximately 0% of those devices to ever get updated to a modern version of Android". But the beta arrival also means the stable version should be available over-the-air before too long.

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. Judging from the graph he created, Luu believes there are now over 1 billion active Android devices that are at least two years out of date.

What's coming in Android 8.0 Oreo?

Android "Oreo" v8.0 inches up minutely to a 0.2% share (it has already started its rollout process).

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. Last year's version, Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat, is building up a head of steam in its efforts to overtake Android 6 Marshmallow.

Year after year, owners of expensive flagship devices are forced to wait more than six months for OS updates and the problem is showing no signs of abating.

We're talking less and less about storage space these days because most new phones tend to have 64GB as standard internal storage space, and that seems to be enough for most people.