Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

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Google's latest release may have been pushed out the door months ago, but that doesn't mean it's available for even a fraction of the devices now in the wild. 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.

As mentioned, Essential said it would deliver an Oreo update back in September, with a promise that it would arrive sometime "in the next couple months".

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%.

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As you can see, Android 7 Nougat was the big victor in the November distribution chart with a gain of 2.8% over its October results. This feature is activated when a device runs low on storage space, and this is how it works - after a length of time specified by Android, applications that haven't been used in a while are marked as inactive.

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.

As it turns out, most other phone makers have confirmed that at least the flagship phones will get the newest Android as an update before the end of the year. This is perhaps one of the reasons for the regular malware attacks on Android phones, since the older operating systems are not as robust in terms of security, data encryption and handling malware. Nougat has gotten a nice boost from 17.8% to 20.6%, marking over a fifth of all Android devices accessing Google Play Services running a fairly recent version of Android.

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