Android Oreo will soon save some storage space due to inactive apps

Android fragmentation is worsening

While that meagre return is nothing new, analysis of the data shows that adoption of new versions may actually be slowing down.

Android Developers blog has released the latest distribution chart for November 2017.

According to the latest chart, Android Oreo, the latest operating system that Google released back in August, is running only on 0.3 percent devices.

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.

We all have apps installed on our phones that we simply don't use. 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. If we look at the latest stats (the far right edge), we can see that almost half of these devices are two years out of date.

His graph also highlights that there are now more than a billion devices that are two years out of date.

The notable aspect of the Android Oreo is the Rescue Party feature, which helps the device to recover from constant boot loops. While Oreo is advancing at a snail's pace, it should begin picking up speed as more people get their hands on the newest flagship devices such as the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 Xl, and Mate 10 Pro, among others that launched running Android 8 Oreo.

After a length of time specified by Android's sysprop pm.dexopt.unopt_after_inactive_days field, applications that haven't been used in a while are marked as inactive by Android and downgraded. While there is some hope that Google has started on the long road to recover with Android 8.0, it will be years before Google comes close to catching Apple, providing it ever does. Is it enough to drive you to a Pixel or *gasp* the iPhone?

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