Android 8.0 and 8.1 reach 4.6 percent. Android 7, which accounts for 30.9 percent, has the strongest growth in recent months.
According to Google current statistics , which reflects the traffic to the Play Store in the last week, comes Android 8.0 currently account for 4.1 percent and Android 8.1 to a share of 0.5 percent. Android 8.0 Oreo had Google already published in August 2017. As the first smartphones received the Google Pixel models the operating system. Google released Android 8.1 in December.
The increase in the April statistics of Android 8.0 is likely to be due to the account of Samsung go for the update meanwhile for that Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 have rolled out. Samsung’s latest flagship models Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + were already delivered to the launch in mid-March with Android 8.0. But even smaller manufacturers such as OnePlus have now delivered the Oreo update for numerous variants. Of all Android versions Nougat has been able to grow the most in recent months. Devices with Android 7.0 or 7.1 now reach a market share of 30.8 percent. This puts them at the top of the Android distribution. With a share of 26 percent, models with Android 6.0 Marshmallow rank second. In third place are devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Smartphones and tablets running Android 4.4 KitKat rank 4, followed by Oreo with 4.6 percent. At 4.5 percent, devices with Jelly Nean account for slightly less. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread only reach 0.7 percent together.
Android 8: Project Treble could speed up the update process
After all, to fight the fragmentation of its operating system, this is a real problem for developers who need to consider the different versions of Android when programming their apps, Google has introduced a new technique called Project Treble with Android 8.0.
This should facilitate the development of Android updates device manufacturers. According to the Internet company, these are the “biggest changes to the low-level system architecture so far” since the introduction of the mobile operating system.
Technically, Project Treble is an interface that sits between the Android OS framework and the device-specific low-level software of the chip providers. It is made possible by the new Vendor Test Suite (VST), which is conceptually similar to the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS). The latter allows developers to build apps that run on different hardware from different device manufacturers.
Project Treble is designed to enable an update to the Android OS Framework without changing the original vendor implementation. Google wants to accelerate the update process (Image: Google).
So Treble should make sure that provided by Google Android updates work with all the chips in a smartphone. “Without an official manufacturer interface, a lot of Android code has to be updated nowadays when a device is upgraded to a new version of Android,” Google said on the Android Developers blog. “With a robust vendor interface that provides access to the hardware-specific parts of Android, device vendors can deliver a new Android release to consumers by just upgrading the Android OS Framework, and without any hassle for the chip makers.”
However, Project Treble does not apply to older devices. The new updates will only work with smartphones and tablets shipped from the factory with Android 8 Oreo or newer OS versions.
However, the high effort that device manufacturers have to make to upgrade older smartphones to a new version of Android is just one reason why Google’s mobile operating system is so fragmented. In many cases, vendors generally have no interest in keeping older or cheaper devices up-to-date, as a current operating system could reduce the incentive to buy a new smartphone. Currently, users who want to have as soon as possible the latest version of Android, forced a Google smartphone, a Android-One or to buy one of the flagships of another supplier.
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