Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

Android 8.1 Oreo will free up space by shrinking apps you don't use

Android distribution numbers for November show almost no change for Oreo

While that meagre return is nothing new, analysis of the data shows that adoption of new versions may actually be slowing down.

HTC U11 has been listed on Geekbench running the Android 8.0 Oreo hinting that the software testing is in full swing and if previous release pattern is taken as any indication, the company might deploy the final version to the public en masse by this month end or early December. 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.

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We're talking less and less about storage space these days because most new phones tend to have 64GB as standard internal storage space, and that seems to be enough for most people. As for why uptake is slowing, Luu deduces that there could be three possible explanations: Android growth is slowing, device turnover is slowing and/or fewer devices are receiving updates.

To be precise, the stats are based on active devices interacting with Google Play over the period of a week. Android Oreo released in August this year has seen an increase from last month as well, but, it's just 0.1%. 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. Things might get better at the beginning of 2018, as more companies will start pushing Oreo updates to devices already available on the market. With Android 8.1 Oreo, when a device is running low on space, an automatic cleanup process will tidy after these unused apps.

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