New Features in the Android Wear Beta Update That Enhances User Experience

Well, even after more than a year from its release, Android Nougat should have been running on much more devices than just 17.8%.

Meanwhile, Marshmallow fell by 0.2% and is now accounting for a total 32.0% of active Android devices, but it is still the most used version of Android. But the folks at Android are constantly working hard to eliminate Android fragmentation on the countless devices running its software.

Another point to note is the first appearance of Android "Oreo" v8.0, albeit just recording a 0.2% share (it's now in developer preview only).

First announced during the Google I/O 2017, the Android Wear beta update will now be available to LG Watch Sport users who can go to the webpage to sign up and a factory image will be downloaded to the watch during the registration.

Thus talking about the latest version, Android 8.0 Oreo which has been mostly rolled out to Pixel and Nexus devices, it is now running on 0.2 percent of active devices.

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KitKat still sits pretty on 14.5 per cent of devices, Jelly Bean on 6.6 per cent, and Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread both 0.6 per cent.

Google has released a new beta version of Android Wear, but it's an update that's going to be of interest to a very limited number of people.

The share of Oreo is expected to grow in the next distribution chart as Google will launch the Pixel 2 lineup. According to Google, the numbers are based on the data collected during a 7-day period ending on October 2.

"Battery-saving best practices such as using JobScheduler should be adopted to ensure your app is battery-efficient and able to perform background tasks when possible", said the Android Wear blog. This is the reason why continued updates for these phones don't make a big difference on the distribution chart. In the last month, Nougat had a market share of 15.8 percent.

  • Douglas Reid