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Whereas past and current Android interfaces allow users to tap a recent apps icon, opening a vertically-oriented app-switcher which appears like a stack of cards that can be scrolled through vertically, Android P, as we can see in the images below, will apparently feature a horizontally-scrollable menu displaying open apps side-by-side - which is very similar to what's been available on iOS for as long as we can remember. However, Android Nougat is still on the top, as the two-year-old release is installed on approximately 30.8% of all devices.

Android Oreo now powers 0.7 percent of all Android smartphones.

And yet, some are curious as to just how much of a trickle-down effect Oreo is having within Android. Last April, Android 7.0 Nougat had 4.5% market share, whereas Android 8.0 Oreo is reportedly on 4.1% of devices.

A further breakdown of the numbers shows that Android 8.0 has jumped from 0.8 percent in February to 4.1 percent in April - a decent 3.3 percent increase.

One of the many disadvantages of the Android operating system is the fact that not many devices run its latest version, with several devices often stuck on older versions.

Though the numbers are anything but impressive, they are still quite good compared to previous months. The likes of Samsung have begun rolling out 8.0 Oreo for phones like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8, while companies like OnePlus and Nokia are updating their phones to Android 8.1.

Almost the same percentage of users are using Lollipop as are using 7.0 Nougat (22.9% Lollipop vs. 23% Nougat). Closely following is Android 6.0 Marshmallow that captures 26%. What's surprising though is that numerous older versions like Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) still hold a combined market share of 22.9 percent, and Android KitKat, which was released nearly five years ago, still powers 10.5 percent of the devices. Shackleford advised being more proactive, "To really get ahead of the problem, though, parents should use software like FamilyTime to help keep a closer eye on the apps their kids are using, and make sure that private browsers and extensions-like DuckDuckGo and Privacy Badger-are the norm". A further 1,100 shared persistent identifying info with third parties for restricted purposes, while 2,281 of them seemed to violate Google terms of service forbidding apps from sharing those identifiers to the same destination as the Android Advertising ID (which gives you control over tracking).

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