Android distribution for November 2017: Oreo stumbles while Nougat makes gains

Android fragmentation is worsening

Android fragmentation is worsening

One billion outdated Android devices. This chart is an indication of what version of Android is running on how many devices in the market in terms of percentage. However, this time, Google has been a bit late in sharing these details. And considering that Google's latest platform version breakdown shows that just 0.3% of devices have been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, there are approximately 1.99 billion phones and tablets that have yet to receive the most recent update (which originally launched in August, by the way). 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. "In May 2017, Google announced that there are over two billion active Android devices".

Android smartphone maker Essential promised that it would be releasing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo for its devices soon, and now there's a beta version of the update available through its developer portal. 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.

Are you fed up of waiting for new Android versions?

"At this point, we should expect that there are more than one billion devices that are two years out of date!"

At this point, it's hard to know what Google can do about Android fragmentation, short of convincing everyone to buy Pixel or Android One devices. The chart for the month of November, published earlier today, paints a not so encouraging picture for Android.

Even forthcoming new Android handsets, like the OnePlus 5T are expected to arrive with Android Nougat rather than Oreo.

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