Android 8.0 Oreo

by Volker Weber

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Ladies and Gentlemen, start your timers. When will your Android device get Oreo? Pretty soon, if it is a (supported) Nexus or a Pixel, much later if it is a flagship smartphone from Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia or Samsung and the likes. TCL says the BlackBerry KEYone will get it eventually. The vast majority of Android devices will never see it.


This is were we currently stand. 13.5 percent are on Nougat (7), a year after it was announced. Only 1.2 percent are on the latest version. 32.3 percent are on Marshmallow (6), announced two years ago. 29.2 percent are on Lollipop (5) and the remaining 25 percent are on the ancient Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and Kitkat (4).

Now that Oreo is out, upgrading to Nougat won't make much sense anymore.


This is why I switched to iOS - the fragmentation and the loss of updates for certain models.

Oliver Busse, 2017-08-21

Can I ask about the source for that version distribution chart? Would like to see if they have more data.

Andy Mell, 2017-08-22

Sure, Andy. Click on the image.

Volker Weber, 2017-08-22

It's not sooo dramatic, as long as your device gets security updates.
Most of the "features" on Android are in apps, which are update through the app store. No need for an OS update to get them.

Jean-Marc Autexier, 2017-08-22

@Jean-Marc: If you are a developer it matters - it does not make much sense to invest into features of Android 7 and 8 if it is only used by 15% of the users or more than half with versions older than 2 years.

Bernd Schuster, 2017-08-22

Having the newest OS is more important in the Apple world, as things are much more tied to the each OS release.
This is not particularly relevant in the Android world... My experience backs up Mr. Autexier's view.
It'd be nice to all be on the same release, but on a practical level: I get regular security updates and have never been limited by being on an earlier release.

Craig Wiseman, 2017-08-22

Wegen der ständig fehlenden Updates habe ich auch zum IPhone gewechselt.

Christian Ott, 2017-08-28

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