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

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The analysis, by hardware engineer Dan Luu, uses data from Google's developer dashboard to look at the figures for outdated Android devices between 2010 and today.

HTC U11 has been listed on Geekbench running the Android 8.0 Oreo hinting that the software testing is in full swing and if previous release pattern is taken as any indication, the company might deploy the final version to the public en masse by this month end or early December. 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.

But Luu's graph also shows that uptake of new versions of Android appears to be slowing down.

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That estimate roughly matches Google's most recent Android distribution figures, which were updated a few days ago for the week ending on November 9. Android Oreo released in August this year has seen an increase from last month as well, but, it's just 0.1%. In comparison, Android Lollipop was running on 27.7 per cent devices in October.

In terms of features, Android Oreo is equipped with a customizable system for managing notifications, which can be grouped by type of application to facilitate access. However, Marshmallow 6.0 supports the maximum number of Android smartphones with 30.9 percent, while Android 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat is running on 17.6 percent and 3.0 percent of devices respectively. And device manufacturers need to meet several requirements to enable Treble.