Essential releases beta of Android Oreo for its PH-1

Angelica Greene
November 21, 2017

Android and Apple fans can argue endlessly about who stole what and which phones are better, but there is at least one area where Android has consistently failed to keep up with its biggest rival: fragmentation.

Google officially launched Android 8.0 Oreo OS to its Pixel and Nexus series phones in August, and since then only one company-Sony-has released the new software to Xperia XZ Premium and now, HTC is expected to roll-out the update to its flagship phone soon.

As he notes, one obvious reason for the existence of more devices running older versions of Android is that some active devices are now a decade old.

Programmer Dan Luu created a graph from the version distribution data, which appears to show a smaller fraction of Android users are benefitting from the latest version. The company also did not mention if either or both issues will be resolved once the final polished build is available.

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He writes: "In May 2017, Google announced that there are over two billion active Android devices".

The news of the update rolling out was made public by the HTC community manager via the Taiwan forums and indeed the OS is rolling out with software version 2.31.709.1. Meanwhile, vendors are still launching new devices with pre-Oreo Android. But it's available just the same, and you can get the upgrade by agreeing to Essential's beta terms and conditions. You will need the latest ADB tool (don't forget to either add adb to your PATH environment variable or change into the directory containing the executable).

There are currently eight major versions of Android in circulation, ranging from Gingerbread, released in 2010, to Oreo, released in 2017. With beta programs, a limited number of users get the chance to try the new software update before it is rolled out to all the users.

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