Android 8.1 Appears Set to Reduce Inactive App Size, Saving Device Storage

Alfred Osborne
November 14, 2017

Google's latest Android OS 8.0 Oreo is now running on 0.3 per cent devices.

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. According to the code first spotted by XDA-Developers, Android 8.1 will make apps inactive that haven't been used in a while.

Older Pixel and Nexus devices have been updated while other OEMs are in the very early stages of testing betas and previews.

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The previous OS, which is Android Nougat is on around 20.6 percentage point of active devices. Android 7.0 rose by 1.8 percent to 17.6 percent, while Android 7.1 increased to 3 percent. The almost two-and-half year old Android 6.0 Marshmallow continues to dominate with 30.9 per cent of Android devices, though it is down from 32 per cent in October.

The numbers for November have gone live this morning, and just as we expected, Android 8.0 Oreo adoption continues to soar! Also, this means that low internal storage devices - midrange and budget phones - will still have to run Android Oreo to take advantage of this upcoming feature. KitKat is at 13.8% and Jelly Bean fell to 6.2%. Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are running on 0.5 per cent devices each.

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