Google has just formally introduced the latest version of its Android mobile operating system -- Android Oreo. While the whole world gets excited about what Android Oreo brings to the table, it is worth taking a look at how its last two predecessors, namely Android Nougat and Android Marshmallow, are doing.
Basically, everybody already knows that the roll out of specific Android versions are sort of complicated. Even when there is already a newest version existing, it is very possible that some particular smartphone makes or models are still waiting to get updated to the second or even third most recent version. This is mainly unavoidable, largely because Google partners with such a wide range of mobile manufacturers and wireless carriers, each of which have their own protocol to follow before deploying a new version of Android.
Still, Google has made very strong efforts recently to shorten the wait. As reported by TechCrunch, Oreo’s predecessor, Nougat, has actually made significant process in the last 8 months. Last November, Gingerbread (which was introduced more than half a decade ago) had more users than Nougat. But according to information compiled by the Android Developers Dashboard about a couple of weeks ago, Nougat has now captured a 13.5 percent share of the Android market, a vast improvement from the 0.3 percent share it had claimed over two quarters ago.
As for Marshmallow, it has managed to surpass its predecessor, Lollipop, by grabbing a 32.3 percent share (Lollipop’s is at 29.2 percent). Marshmallow is now the most widely used version of Android, and it took a couple of years to become the market leader.
Will it also take two years for the newest version, Android Oreo, to become the number one version? It remains to be seen for now. And while some people are already saying that Oreo is no game changer, it does have some interesting features. Along with improvements in terms of boot speed and memory, Oreo has features like picture in picture (which allows users to run apps on top of other ongoing tasks), Android Instant Apps (quick access to new apps without downloading them), notification dots (alerts for updates or new activity within active apps), and autofill for apps (desktop’s autofill functionality brought to mobile apps). Security wise, Oreo also comes with security patches, remote location, locking and wiping through Find My Device, and Google Play Protect (search and destroy malicious apps instantly).
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