Statistics Android 10/2017: The emergence of Oreo

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We have the 8th report on the Android platforms that exist in these moments, all thanks to the publication of the data handled by Google.

As well title in the page, the news is that Android Oreo finally appear in the statistics, and it does so with a 0.2%, but behind this important news, we can also note that the versions as Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich is maintained at 0.6%. Jelly Bean is low in all of its variants between 0.1% and 0.2%, KitKat low-0.6%, Lollipop low of 0.4% to 0.7%, and Marshmallow low 0.2%. Now Nougat in its version 7.0 has increased 1.6% but has not increased compared to the previous month, and remains with the figure of 15.8% and 7.1 a 0.4% grow similar to the previous month quedandosé at 2.0%.


Versions

It is one of the data to take into account to observe the evolutions of the versions that currently exist in Android and a good reference when developing applications. To do this we show the graph of the previous month as the current month to see the differences for yourselves:

September 2017
Android 07/2017

October 2017
Android 10/2017

Below is the table that represents what we have been able to see on the graph in percentages, first of the previous month:

September 2017

October 2017

Screens, Densities and Open GL

We see that the size of the normal screen density xhdpi continues to dominate with a 38.1% followed by the density hdpi 31.5% which has decreased compared to the previous month by 0.8%, we see that it is setting up as a screen-dominating xhdpi surely in a few months can reach 40% of

While in the version of Open Gl, the domain is still version 3.0 with a 45.8% followed (with a decrease of 0.2%) from the version 2.0 with a 37.3% (with a decrease of 0.4%) and each month down, but with the advent of version 3.1 with a 17.5% which has increased by 0.6% over the previous month, this month has gotten the losses of the two versions, but with a slow growth to prevail with respect to the version 3.0.

Conclusions

Although the numbers are growing with Nougat, are very slow every time is picking up momentum but not as much as we would like.

Although a lot of people are migrating and every day there are more presence of terminals, that plead is to try to encourage users to update their devices, many of them are for older versions and don’t know if there is a better version, clearly when they find out it is sometimes more complicated the migration for the support.

What a change of ROM?

We have always defended that to the passivity of the manufacturers in giving that support, there are communities that we help,it is best to look for a ROM with a good support, although not the latest version but that is a previous version clearly you have to learn well how to do this.

Android Oreo

We like that the new version appears but you will have the same problems as its predecessor, Nougat least the devices that will be launched from 2018. Why?

The key is in the Project Treble of Google and its requirements


Many devices this year are going to be left without real upgrade to Android 8, real to you because what they will do is an update as amended to the version 8.0 without completing all of its developments, including the incorporation Treble.

The reason?

When we were asking various manufacturers, among them because we discussed it with the updates of BQ, do not incorporate such a system.

According to all the manufacturers, the problem is that you need to do a hard reset to be able to make a new partition with the implication of the loss of data. Clearly if we do this via OTA we would lose all the data that we might not have synchronized to Google or other systems.

Is there a solution?

Clearly there are many solutions to the problem:

1 – If the manufacturer has an application updates, could facilitate and make the application do the reset to save the copy (with space on your hard drive) and when finished move the copy, the copy should be designed in the new format. All this is explained to the user to understand because it is done as well.

2 – Google Cloud or its variants, each time a lot of games, apps, contacts, photos. When you give to download the OTA, the system should automatically save the data in the cloud, and games saving the game (if it could be done automatically or alert the user), once the update is completed , as it is a reset we would go again and accessing the backup.

What did we lose?

Possibly a lot of data, such as those that are specific to the phone, fingerprints, passwords…. there’s something to lose but, of course, each manufacturers takes your customization so that it would complicate but should give more of their involvement.

Hope

We keep a little hope in the ROMs that adopt this system and is easier, but does not take away from having the same problem.

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