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

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

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.

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 Android Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) combine for 20.6% devices. Google's latest release may have been pushed out the door months ago, but that doesn't mean it's available for even a fraction of the devices now in the wild.

Luu attributes the malaise to a combination of three possible factors; Android growth is slowing down, Android device turnover is slowing down and that fewer devices are receiving updates.

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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. As we speak, Google's own older Nexus phones, the newer Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, last year's Pixel XL and Pixel, as well as Sony's Xperia XZ1 are just some of the phones that run Android Oreo. And since the analysis looked at market share, that portion of devices running outdated Android - between the 80th to 100th percentile mark on his graph - is also now much larger in absolute terms. Android 8.0 (Oreo) was rolled out in August. If we look at the latest stats (the far right edge), we can see that almost half of these devices are two years out of date.

One billion outdated Android devices.

According to Google's numbers, Android 6 (Marshmallow) still runs on 30.9% devices, the highest among all Android iterations, followed by the even older Android 5.1 (Lollipop) at 20.8%.

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