Android fragmentation reaches a breaking point: 1 billion Android devices are outdated

Currently, only 0.3% of the devices that visited the Google Play Store in early November were running Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

As Android Authority noted this week, adoption of the latest version of Android has been slowing with each new version for the past few releases.

You don't have to dig very deep to confirm this fact either, as the Android Developers Dashboard is regularly updated with a breakdown of platform version distribution.

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.

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.

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Besides the HTC U11, the company has confirmed the release of Android Oreo update to HTC U Ultra and HTC 10. But this week, programmer Dan Luu discovered a worrisome trend after combing through some data: Uptake of new versions of Android appears to be slowing down.

"At this point, we should expect that there are more than one billion devices that are two years out of date!"

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%.

Just like Android 8.1, this is still in beta and there is no official announcement on when it will move into the stable stage and be ready to consumers. Both the devices are expected to get the new OS update in the first quarter of 2018 (January-March).

We all have apps installed on our phones that we simply don't use.

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