Android Oreo Gets Off the Mark While Marsh­mel­low, Lol­lipop, and Nougat Lead the Market

Krishanu Dutta

It’s faster, it’s smarter and it’s here! The most-awaited Android update has finally made its first appearance in the market. According to latest Android distribution report, around 0.2% of Android smartphones are running on Oreo.


The latest version of Android promises to boot 2x faster than its predecessors and it also enables you to minimize unwanted background activities that bite off chunks of data and CPU power.

Google has also stated that the autofill feature has also been optimized to allow faster and hassle-free logins for your favorite apps.

Buzz in the Market

Despite such attractive features, Oreo still has a long way to go before it overtakes previous versions of Android — Marshmellow, and Nougat.

Currently, the October 2017 distribution of Android on smartphones so far looks like this.

  • Marshmellow – 32%
  • Lollipop – 27.7%
  • Nougat – 15.8%
  • KitKat – 14.5%
  • Jelly Bean – 6.6%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich – 0.6%
  • Gingerbread – 0.6%

Android Oreo has just captured 0.2% of the market but this figure is likely to get a boost as the software prepares to take off on Samsung’s Galaxy series devices.

Apart from Google’s own mobile phones – Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, and Nexus Player – the Oreo update is about to be provided to several flagship models from different smartphone manufacturers. Samsung’s Galaxy Note8, S8, and S8+ will soon receive the update while the Galaxy A, Galaxy C, Galaxy J series devices and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will get it after a few weeks.

Other devices that are about to get the Oreo update include Xiaomi Mi A1, which saw the return of Android One. Motorola has also announced that the G, X and Z range of phones are about to get the Oreo update in the coming weeks.

Let’s Talk Features

With every geek eyeing for the latest operating system update, let’s take a look at some cool features that Android Oreo packs.

1. Picture-in-Picture View

Picture In Picture Google Oreo Update

The Picture-in-Picture view allows users to simultaneous use two apps at once. For example, you can check your email and reply to them too while video chatting with your friend and all this while you won’t have to lose the video feed too.

As Google says, “it’s like having super strength and laser vision”.

2. Notification Dots

Notifican Dots Oreo Update

Smartphones with Android Oreo will also get the new notification dots which gives you a quick way of checking out the notification via the app icon on the home screen of the device. Users can see what’s new and swipe to clear the notification.

3. Instant Apps

Android 8.0 Oreo also bring the power of instant apps to your smartphones. Now users will be able to open apps directly in the browser without the need to install them.

4. Autofill Seamlessly

Autofill Oreo Update

Much like the password manager seen on browsers or third-party ones like LastPass, Android Oreo will now enable your device to remember your login credentials — with your permission — and autofill the information in apps like Twitter, Facebook and more.

4. Background Activity Minimized

Android Oreo is designed to minimize the background activity of apps that are used the least. This way, not only does it free up the processor and RAM but also enhances battery life, ensuring that the device runs for longer on a single charge.

5. Redesigned Emojis

Emojis Oreo Update

Emojis have become the new way of expressing one’s self in the mobile era and Android Oreo enhances that experience as it brings a completely redesigned set of emojis with 60 new ones to the fold.

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A proud grammar Nazi, Krishanu swears by his love of books and football. A black coffee-addict, he keeps his sugar intake low and the quality of tech content high.