It’s been a minute since Android released their operating system statistics, but developers (and Android enthusiasts) finally got an update earlier this week.
Oreo More Than Doubles Its Users
Just one year shy of Oreo 8.0’s initial release, the OS finally appears to be gaining traction with users. Over the last two months in particular, Oreo’s usage saw a significant spike. In early May, Oreo was being used on 5.7% of devices; as of July 23rd, the OS’ usage was up to 12.2% on Oreo 8.0 and 8.1.
Of course, 12.2% isn’t a particularly high adoption rate (though it beats 1.1%, right?). To compare, in our May update on iOS statistics updates, iOS 11 was being used on over 80% of devices. (But enough about iOS . . . ) Android’s Nougat and Marshmallow OS still hold the lion’s share of Android users with 30.8% and 23.5% usage, respectively.
Though these statistics aren’t staggering, they are important and highlight a trending uptick (which we predicted, by the way) in usage for Oreo, as well as sustained popularity of its most recent predecessors. Android developers would be wise to develop for—and test on devices with—the OS versions for Nougat, Marshmallow, and Oreo.
We look forward to more updates on Oreo’s usage—and, of course, that of Android’s latest beta, Android P, in the months to come.
In Other News
Google is wrapping up their Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today. Big announcements out of the event include:
- Go Cloud: Google’s programming language, Go, is now providing all-new resources with Go Cloud to help make building cloud apps that much easier for developers. Instead of writing their own libraries to use cloud features, developers can now access generic APIs from Google.
- Cloud Build: Google’s new continuous delivery/continuous deployment (CI/CD) platform is meant to help automate app updates, by helping developers build, test, and deploy apps more quickly.
- Shielded VMs: Google Cloud’s shielded virtual machines offer additional security by defending applications against rootkits and bootkits with advanced platform security capabilities such as secure and measured boot and integrity monitoring.
Last week, Android also announced that, in an effort to further improve the user experience, Google Play will require all new games to target Android API level 26 (or higher) starting in August.
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