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Android distribution for November 2017: Oreo stumbles while Nougat makes gains

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Android Marshmallow 6.0 still holds the most number of installs with 30.9 percent while Nougat is steadily climbing with 20.6 percent from the 17.8 percent a month ago. There have been a couple Oreo beta tests here and there, and a few phones are launching with the latest version of Android pre-installed, but the results aren't impressive.

As part of the update, there will be a new section in Android's battery settings which will indicate apps that are draining your battery with a red warning icon. The interesting part is that this 0.3 percent gives us a perspective about how lax the rollout for latest updates for Android-powered smartphones is across the market. But, now that the distribution numbers are out, we do know which Android versions have gained more share in the chart and which ones have dropped. To note, the figures are gathered from devices visiting the Google Play app, which only supports Android 2.2 and above.

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Android Developers blog has released the latest distribution chart for November 2017. Last year's version, Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat, is building up a head of steam in its efforts to overtake Android 6 Marshmallow. In comparison, Android Lollipop was running on 27.7 per cent devices in October. One reason is people reportedly holding on to their existing devices for longer.

The Android Oreo 8.0 stands lowest on the table, even below the 2nd Gen Android Gingerbread which is now running in 0.5 percent of devices next to the Ice Cream Sandwich (0.5 percent). Maybe Android Oreo can help us out. And device manufacturers need to meet several requirements to enable Treble.

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