Android Distribution Updated for November 2017: Oreo’s Bigly Adoption Rate Continues to Impress


If you haven’t yet been able to tell, we’re pretty sarcastic when writing our headlines for Android Distribution updates. Adoption rates for new versions of Android are always pretty comical when compared to iOS, so it’s something we embrace and poke fun at.

The numbers for November have gone live this morning, and just as we expected, Android 8.0 Oreo adoption continues to soar! Last month, Oreo debuted at 0.2% of all devices. Today, it sits at a mighty 0.3%, which is a mind-boggling increase. It’s huge!

For the other Android versions, Nougat now sits at 20.6% (up from 17.8%), Marshmallow is at 30.9% (down from 32%), Lollipop is at 27.2% (down from 27.7%), KitKat is at 13.8% (down from 14.5%), Jelly Bean is 6.2% (down from 6.6%), and Gingerbread is now at 0.5%.

Here’s our fancy graph that tracks Android distribution over a 5 year period.

Last month’s numbers can be viewed here.

// Android Distribution


T-Mobile’s REVVL Plus Features 6″ Display, Awesome Paint Job, and $200 Price


T-Mobile announced the REVVL smartphone back in August, but today, the carrier announced the REVVL Plus.

The phone differs from the original REVVL in a few ways. First, it has a pretty awesome black and magenta paint job, plus a bigger 6″ FHD display and octa-core processor. Other specs include a dual camera on the backside (13MP + 5MP), 2GB RAM, rear-facing fingerprint reader, expandable storage, and Android Nougat.

The phone is priced at $0 down and only $9/month with an 18 month JUMP! on Demand lease or $8 down and $8/month for 24 months on a Equipment Installment Plan. Full retail price is $200.

Here’s the full list of specs.

Specs

  • Camera: 13MP & 5MP RFC/8MP FFC
  • Battery: 3,380 mAh
  • Color: Special edition black with magenta accents
  • OS: Android N
  • Screen: 6” FHD IPS display
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: 32GB and expandable to 128GB
  • Bands: CAT 4 LTE Bands 2,4,5,12 & 66
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.25 x .35 in
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Octa-Core

The REVVL Plus arrives November 17, in-store and online.

REVVL Plus Link

// T-Mobile


Verizon and AT&T are Building Hundreds of New Cell Towers Together


Verizon and AT&T announced today that they have entered into an agreement, along with Tillman Infrastructure, to build out hundreds of new cell towers across this great country of ours. Assuming all goes well, there could be “significantly more” cell sites in the future following this first batch to help both companies expand networks to locations where they may not currently have towers.

I wish I had additional details about this involving 5G and super fast 4G LTE Gigabit goodness, but they didn’t go into specifics. Execs from each company had belly-warming quotes to accompany the press release, though. They talked about reducing operating costs and reviewing other long-term contracts, as well as hanging out together to drink beer and count their billions. OK, that last part is BS, but you get the idea.

Tillman Infrastructure plans to start building out the first set of towers in Q1 of 2018.

// Verizon


Google Home Max Hits the FCC


Since we’re only a few weeks away from December, the launch month for Google Home Max, it makes sense that the product has now stopped through the FCC for all of the needed approvals. The biggest member of the Home family showed up today, to be exact, under FCC ID A4R-H0B.

If that ID looks familiar, that’s for good reason. The original Google Home was A4R-H0ME and the recently released Google Home Mini was A4R-H0A. You can see the ID below as it’ll show on the label for Home Max.

google home max fcc

The FCC docs don’t reveal much or give 100% confirmation that this is Google Home Max, but what else could it be? The naming scheme lines up with previous Home units, it’s referred to as a “multimedia device,” they tested both 2.4GHz and 5GHz MIMO WiFi as well as Bluetooth, and the power requirements (100-240V) match the requirements on the Google Store’s listing for it.

Google hasn’t provided us an exact date yet, but the Google Home Max will go on sale in December for $399.

// FCC | 9to5Google