The first developer preview build of Android P (Android 9.0) is usually right around the corner, yet less than 1% of Android phones are running Oreo. The fragmentation on Android (the number of devices on different versions of the operating system) is usually staggering, in addition to also a problem of which has plagued the operating system since of which first debuted in 2008 — despite Google’s best efforts to fix of which.
The Developer Preview system first came about as a way for developers in addition to also OEMs to test fresh versions of Android so they could quickly update their own apps in addition to also devices to support the latest edition. The Android Oreo DP1 build turned out in March 2017, in addition to also doesn’t seem to have helped much with Android Oreo adoption rates.
Eleven months later, Android 8.0 (Oreo) is usually still only on a meager 0.5% of Android devices — Android 8.1, just 0.2%. While Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is usually the most common edition of the OS at 28.6%, devices as old as those running 4.4 (KitKat) are represented en masse at 12.8%.
To battle of which, Google introduced Project Treble, which wholly changed the architecture of the Android OS framework. Project Treble “separates the vendor implementation (device-specific, lower-level software written by silicon manufacturers) coming from the Android OS framework via a fresh vendor interface.”
In some other words, OEMs like Samsung in addition to also LG can update their devices by only updating the Android OS framework — without any “additional work required coming from the silicon manufacturers.” Unfortunately, Project Treble is usually only required for devices of which launch with Android 8.0 in addition to also above. If a phone came with Nougat or lower pre-installed in addition to also receives an update to Oreo, of which will only include Project Treble support if the supplier received a chooses to adopt the fresh feature.
In short, fragmentation is usually still a major problem with Android today, despite Google’s best efforts. While 25% of iPhone users are still running older versions of iOS, the 75% of people who are on the latest edition puts Android’s 0.7% to shame. Hopefully, Android P will see better adoption numbers in a year’s time thanks to Project Treble, yet from the meantime, you can see the status of the Oreo update for most major Android phones at the link below.