Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

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As we speak, Google's own older Nexus phones, the newer Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, last year's Pixel XL and Pixel, as well as Sony's Xperia XZ1 are just some of the phones that run Android Oreo.

Android is adding a new feature that will give you more information on apps that are draining your battery.

Google's Project Treble promises to help speed up vendor releases of new Android versions, but the benefits of this technology will probably take several years, since only devices that ship with Android Oreo can take advantage of it.

Luu attributes the malaise to a combination of three possible factors; Android growth is slowing down, Android device turnover is slowing down and that fewer devices are receiving updates. Of course, we're talking about Android fragmentation. And since the analysis looked at market share, that portion of devices running outdated Android - between the 80th to 100th percentile mark on his graph - is also now much larger in absolute terms.

He writes: "In May 2017, Google announced that there are over two billion active Android devices". 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. Android Oreo released in August this year has seen an increase from last month as well, but, it's just 0.1%. The chart for the month of November, published earlier today, paints a not so encouraging picture for Android.

To put that into perspective, over 50% of all iOS devices have already been updated to iOS 11 less than two months after launch. 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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