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Android Nougat’s launch today is another reminder of Android’s fragmentation problem

The official release today of Google’s latest version of Android, 7.0 (aka Nougat), is a bit of a non-event because only a few people using premium smartphones like Google’s own Nexus phones will be able to install the over-the-air update. 

As of August 1, only about 15% of Android devices were using the previous version of the OS, Marshmallow, according to the Android Developers Dashboard. Far more phones are running older versions of the OS. More than 16% of devices in the wild are still running Android 4. 

Google said in a blog post today it’s moving to a regular schedule of OS updates, and that the first such “maintenance update” is coming this fall.MS