Oreo grows in October 2018 Android distribution numbers

Phones getting Android 9.0 Pie

Phones getting Android 9.0 Pie

The distribution of Android KitKat has also declined to 7.6 percent from 7.8 percent in the previous month. If you haven't noticed, most of the new releases for the past couple of months come with Android 8.1 or 8.0 Oreo out of the box. It raises concerns as to whether Google has failed to deliver on the promise of timely software updates with Project Treble.

As per the official chart for October, share of Android smartphones running Android Pie was still less than 0.1 percent. It is still disappointing that a two generation old version remains the leader in Android's distribution numbers. Then even bigger players like Samsung have not exactly been quick to push out updates. Aside from the increase in Oreo, we saw minor decreases across nearly all other versions of Oreo, with the largest drop in Nougat, which fell from 29.3% to 28.2%.

Pakistan restores ban on Indian content on TV channels
While the ban was lifted in February this year, the permission to air teleplays or television dramas was still not granted. Indian movies are popular in Pakistan and throughout the region, and Bollywood employs many Pakistani musicians and actors.

Further, Nougat dipped from 29.3 percent to 28.1 percent, but still held it's number one spot. Unfortunately, it's not all good news as two months in, Android 9 Pie is still a no-show and Android's most used version is 7.0 Nougat, which was released more than two years ago already. Data released at the end of September painted a bleak picture of the distribution on Android, with Android Pie-at the time-yet to have seized any visible share of the market. Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi 5 Plus and Mi 5X will receive Android Oreo in Q4 2018. This means almost 17.9 percentage point share for the four year old version of Android. Interestingly, Android Gingerbread still owns a share of 0.2 percent among all Android devices. Android Jellybean, which includes version 4.1 and 4.2x is on 1.1 per cent and 1.5 per cent devices respectively, which shows a decline.

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