Android Fragmentation: One billion active devices now out of date

Android 8.1 Oreo will free up space by shrinking apps you don't use

Android distribution numbers for November show almost no change for Oreo

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.

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. Presumably these are the ones responsible for keeping Gingerbread, released in May 2010, and Ice Cream Sandwich from October 2011 still on Google's Android version distribution chart.

As he notes, one obvious reason for the existence of more devices running older versions of Android is that some active devices are now a decade old.

Android "Oreo" v8.0 inches up minutely to a 0.2% share (it has already started its rollout process). As for why uptake is slowing, Luu deduces that there could be three possible explanations: Android growth is slowing, device turnover is slowing and/or fewer devices are receiving updates.

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.

One billion outdated Android devices.

His graph also highlights that there are now more than a billion devices that are two years out of date.

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. Also, this means that low internal storage devices - midrange and budget phones - will still have to run Android Oreo to take advantage of this upcoming feature.

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

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