Android 8.1 Appears Set to Reduce Inactive App Size, Saving Device Storage

He found that the proportion of devices that are the most outdated is even greater today than in 2014.

It is when we see Android distribution numbers each month that we face the harsh fact of the Android ecosystem. This chart is an indication of what version of Android is running on how many devices in the market in terms of percentage. 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.

Google officially launched Android 8.0 Oreo OS to its Pixel and Nexus series phones in August, and since then only one company-Sony-has released the new software to Xperia XZ Premium and now, HTC is expected to roll-out the update to its flagship phone soon.

But Luu's graph also shows that uptake of new versions of Android appears to be slowing down. According to the code first spotted by XDA-Developers, Android 8.1 will make apps inactive that haven't been used in a while. 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.

Google is likely to fix one of the biggest storage issues on its Android devices with a new feature in Android 8.1 Oreo. Two-year-old Android Lollipop and below now account for about half of all Android devices. And device manufacturers need to meet several requirements to enable Treble.

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