Android Oreo adoption has been slow, with only 0.5% of devices running the new software
Google launched its Android 8.0 Oreo back in summer, after six months of beta releases.
The new operating system includes a slew of new features, including support for picture-in-picture video playback, Bluetooth 5.0 and wide colour gamuts.
Android Oreo also introduces notification dots on app icons, groups notifications in the dropdown shade by customisable “channels”, and includes new battery-saving optimisations.
According to Google, the upgrade to Android Oreo will also increase start-up times when your smartphone is powered-off.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of Android smartphone owners are unable to take advantage of these new improvements.
Google launched Android 8.0 Oreo to coincide with the total solar eclipse on August 21st
The final distribution numbers for the year have arrived, and reveal slow adoption numbers for Android 8.0 Oreo.
The new version of Oreo is currently being used on 0.5 per cent of Android devices.
That’s only increased two-tenths of a percentage point since the previous figures, revealed last month.
The problem is manufacturers have been slow to push-out updates to their devices.
Android upgrades have always caused problems for users, primarily due to the fragmentation of the ecosystem.
Unlike iPhone upgrades, which are controlled entirely by Apple – including when the update is launched to all compatible phones – each Android device manufacturer has its timetable.
These companies have their own unique user interface designs, default apps, software features, and more, which need to be made compliant with the latest version of Android.
It takes time for firms such as Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, LG and HTC to test Google’s latest release before it can pushed out to customers.
Google has published the final adoption statistics of the year
As smartphones become more complicated – with unique selling points designed by manufacturers, including iris scanners, stylus features, face unlock, squeezable phone hardware – these updates could take more time to test.
Once the manufacturers have finished the software update, it is sent to the mobile carriers to test on the networks.
All of this means that, unless you have a Google Pixel-branded phone, you’re unlikely to the see any of the latest Android features that debuted this summer hit on your phone until early 2018.
That said, there are some exceptions.
HTC 11 and U11 Life have seen an update to Android Oreo already, alongside the Sony Xperia XZ, XZs, X Performance.
Companies like Essential, OnePlus, and LG have already started beta testing their latest software updates.
Elsewhere, the latest figures revealed a bump in adoption for Android 7.0 Nougat over the last month.
The number of devices currently powered by Android 7.0 rose by 1.7 percentage points to 19.3 per cent, while Nougat 7.1 increased to 4 per cent.
These two versions of the Android Nougat combine for a total of 23.3 per cent – beating the 20.6 per cent reported last month.
However, Nougat still has quite a way to go before it tops Marshmallow or Lollipop.
Marshmallow did drop in the latest figures, down to 29.7 per cent – but it’s still the most used version of Android.
Lollipop 5.0 and 5.1 share 26.3 per cent of installs. KitKat remain at 13.4 per cent and Android Jelly Bean fell to 5.9 per cent.
Unbelievably, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – which launched back in 2011 – remains at 0.5 per cent, like Oreo.
For comparison, iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads, is now installed on 52 per cent of iOS devices.