Android fragmentation reaches a breaking point: 1 billion Android devices are outdated

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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.

Additionally, back in 2014 Google had only just passed one billion active monthly users, which rose to 1.4 billion by mid-2015, and as of May 2017 stood at two billion.

You don't have to dig very deep to confirm this fact either, as the Android Developers Dashboard is regularly updated with a breakdown of platform version distribution. 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. HTC has also confirmed that the U11 smartphone is due for the newest Android update anytime in the coming weeks as well. It is followed by Android 5.1 Lollipop at 20.8 percent.

Oreo comes with a few significant changes, including badge notifications for individual apps, a redesigned settings menu and a number of behind-the-scenes improvements created to help with system speed, overall performance and battery life. One reason is people reportedly holding on to their existing devices for longer. For years, we've been writing about Google's failure to roll out the latest versions of its operating system to vendors in a timely fashion, but despite promises to the contrary, Google has failed to make any significant progress to date.

Even forthcoming new Android handsets, like the OnePlus 5T are expected to arrive with Android Nougat rather than Oreo. And device manufacturers need to meet several requirements to enable Treble.