Google hopes this move will help increase adoption figures.

he Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL will run Android Oreo straight from the box, which Google is hoping will drive up adoption of the new operating system.

As it stands, Oreo has only been installed on around 0.2% of Android devices, making it one of the lesser-used Android operating systems, but being preinstalled on Google’s next flagship smartphone would certainly help the new OS take off.  

Although the OS has only just started rolling out to a selection of devices until manufacturers confirm they’ve fully tested the platform, we should cut it some slack. However, when compared to adoption of rival Apple’s  iOS 11, which was installed on 10% of devices just a day after it was released, the search giant is probably a little bit disappointed.

At present, Android Oreo is available on Google’s own-branded Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones, as well as Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, with updates planned for the majority of Android device manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, HTC, Huawei and Asus. 

As it stands, Marshmallow is still the most popular iteration of Android, running on on 32% of Android-powered devices, while Android Nougat is installed on 15.8% of handsets.

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