Android Oreo update pace is... still slow

Android Oreo update pace is... still slow
The latest and most up-to-date Android software versions are slowly (and we mean very slowly) creeping onto phones and to show the exact pace Google has now released the Android distribution charts for January.

The bad news is that there are still very few devices running on Android 8.0 Oreo: just 0.7% of the total, up from 0.5% from the last measurements in December 2017. Android 7.x Nougat powered devices now make up 26.3%, up by 3 percentage points.

Here are the complete numbers in comparison with previous data from December 2017:

  • Android 8.0 Oreo share is now at 0.7% (up from 0.5%)
  • Android 7.x Nougat has 26.3% (up from 23.3%)
  • Android 6.x Marshmallow has 28.6% (down from 29.7%)
  • Android 5.x Lollipop sits at 25.1%
  • Android 4.4 KitKat is at 12.8%
  • Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean has 5.6%
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has 0.5%
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread share is 0.4%


The good news is that phones with newer versions of Android typically start arriving early in the year, so we should soon start to see those numbers go up.

Of course, the slow pace of adoption of the latest Android versions is bad news for developers. Google has tried to address the issue in various ways, and most recently, it introduced Project Treble with Android 8.0 Oreo, an effort to speed up the update process. We will fully see how this plays out in late 2018 when the next version of Android arrives, but let's hope for improvements.

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19 Comments

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Google: 4 phones Huawei : 3 phones ( 6p included) Sony: 6 phones Htc : 3 phones Samsung : 1 phone Motorola : 2 phones Xiaomi: 1 Any others?

3. Jacksie66 unregistered

Running beautifully on my xz premium.

5. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Still waiting... Moto Z Force Droid (Verizon) Was promised for an update (Oreo) last month but nothing.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2027; Member since: May 26, 2011

Also don't forget the fact that stats are based on the entire population of android devices including cheap chinese tablets. If you narrow down the results to only the major manufacturers, picture will be quite a bit different

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is nothing new. Android updates come slow, but are great when you get them, unlike my other OS... iOS which come quicker, but is usually just fixes and patches. Android is also so ahead of anything else in features, that constant updates simply aren’t needed. I only buy Notes, and Galaxy S, so I always have the latest greatest updates...no biggie.

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

We know what phones you get because all you do is post about your fetish for Samsung and use your device as a status symbol. You say no biggie when it is an issue because there’s also lots of android users who prefer other brands

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So what! What are you gonna do about it?

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Do you have a answer for the last part of my question? Of course you don’t...

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don’t have to answer a damn thing actually. You don’t matter bruh.

12. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Seems that 8.1 running only on google pixel phones.

15. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

As much as I love Android, updating in Android world was.... basically a joke, they did improve a bit through out the year, but the whole waiting period was still almost the same. I am not even talking about major update, even the security update was slow, I already received spectre and meltdown update from Google, Microsoft and Apple, yet my S7 edge was still stuck on October security update. I don't mind slower major update from Samsung, since their UI was deeply integrated into the OS, so still understandable for their slower major update. But on the other hand, Motorola totally destroy their own legacy, even running on 99% stock Android their update was slower than modified UI.

17. FCB-Eto

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

This is why when I buy android I buy Sony flagships cause I know I will get updates for the required time frame. As I always say don't go by the reviews on tech sites try the phones for yourself and be your own judge.https://www.gsmarena.com/galaxy_note8_for_uk_gets_first_update_since_september-news-29045.php Google need to do something about the lazy behaviour alot of android manufacturers display after we the consumer spend our hard earned cash.

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1873; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google has separated so much core functionality and placed it in the play store, that OS updates aren't as necessary as they once were. And as long as security updates are performed somewhat regularly, you are covered. My HTC 10 is "only" on 7.0, but I'm on the Oct security update, and it still hums along nicely. The visual changes between 7.0 and 8.0 are rather minor, so unless you are mashing the "check for updates" button every hour, you won't know the difference.

19. JPWhite

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2017

Oreo 8.1 on just 0.2% of devices. I feel honoured! Pixel XL on Verizon. Still stuck on the December Security Patch tho.

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