Android Oreo comes with numerous enhancements over the Android Nougat such as faster booting, extended battery life by cutting down on unnecessary activities of apps in the background, more fluid experiences to phones and tablets as well as improvements in security via Google Play Protect that checks suspicious activities and malware in applications. Things might get better at the beginning of 2018, as more companies will start pushing Oreo updates to devices already available on the market.
Last month, Android Marshmallow, which was released in 2015, was at the top spot with its share of 32%, however, this month, its share has dropped to 30.9%, but, it still retains its number one spot in the chart.
Usually, phone makers, after receiving the source code from Google, tweak the software to run smoothly on their phone, with the help of their own user-interface (Sense UI for HTC) and run several tests so that there are no bugs or glitches affecting the performance of the device.
Other Android versions listed in the latest distribution data include Android KitKat which is running on 13.8 percent; Android Jelly Bean has a combined share of 6.2 percent, while Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich and Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7), in Google's latest numbers, registered a share of 0.5 percent each. With 27.2%, Lollipop is still close by.
Google also updated its OpenGL version distribution numbers which has OpenGL 3.0 at 45.5 percent, and OpenGL version 2.0 steadily rising to 37 percent.