Android Oreo debuted in August, and it’s just now pushing 1%.

Last month, Android Oreo was on just 0.7% of devices, and Marshmallow was still the leader in total distribution share. A month later, the landscape has changed — but not too much.

According to Google’s latest numbers, a snapshot of devices connecting to the Play Store during a seven-day period ending February 5, Android Nougat — that’s version 7.0 and 7.1 — now has a cumulative total of 28.5%, which puts it ahead of Marshmallow’s 28.1%, and into the outright lead.

Oreo, on the other hand, gained a slight 0.4% over last month, edging past 1% in total. We’re still waiting on Samsung to announce its massive worldwide rollout for the Galaxy S7 and S8 lines, which should boost Oreo considerably, but until then, the gains will continue to be limited.

Elsewhere, every older version of Android, from Gingerbread to Marshmallow, dropped slightly between last month and today, though it’s still smarts to see 2010′s Gingerbread up there more than seven years after its debut.

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Butterfingers of the world, listen up.

When it comes to phone screens, the vast majority of handsets feature ones that are covered by glass. Advancements in Gorilla Glass help to prevent scratches and shatters for as long as possible, but with enough use, these things are bound to happen due to the nature of the material.

In just a years’ time, a company called “Akhan Semiconductor” plans to aide in the release of the first smartphone with a display made out of diamonds.

Why diamonds? While there’s certainly a cool factor that’s hard to ignore, diamonds are also far more durable than glass. Akhan grows diamonds in its own lab, and it uses a special pattern that arranges them in a totally random fashion to help avoid deep cracks and further protect components beneath your phone’s display.

Diamond screens are expected to cost more than ones made out of glass.

Furthermore, Akhan’s diamond screens can be used in conjunction with other materials. For example, we could soon have a phone with a diamond layer and then Gorilla Glass 5 on top of it.

Akhan is reportedly working with manufacturers to integrate its diamond panels onto phones, and the first handset to utilize the material is scheduled for a release in 2019. It’s unknown which companies Akhan is working with, and it’s worth mentioning that Akhan missed its first release window of late 2017.

We’ve seen companies like Motorola release “shatter-proof” phones in the past, but rather than using diamonds, Moto opted for plastic. While phones such as the Moto Z2 Force have proven to be nearly impossible to shatter, they come at the cost of having screens that can be scratched far too easily. With diamonds, Akhan is hoping to offer the best of both worlds.

With all that said, do you have any interest in a phone with a diamond display? If so, would you pay more for one as opposed to a handset with a traditional glass screen?

Metal vs. plastic vs. glass: Which is the best phone material?

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It pays to buy more than one!

You can save $10 on the Google Home Mini or $30 on the full-sized Google Home as stand-alone purchases. If you want multiples, you can save $30 on two Home Minis or $60 when you buy a Google Home and Home Mini together.

Don’t worry, the Home Max isn’t being left out of the fun here. Pair it with a Home Mini and save $40, which is like getting the smaller one for free with the purchase. You may be able to pick these bundles up at your local Best Buy depending on availability, so be sure to check out the sale and grab the ones that are best for you!

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These deals don’t last for long.

First up is a $5 discount on the Fire TV Stick, which drops it down to $34.99. The 4K Fire TV is also on sale for $54.99, which is a $15 discount.

If you’re looking for an Echo device, Amazon has you covered as well. If you missed out on previous Echo Dot you can currently save $10 on one, dropping it to $39.99. The 2nd-gen Echo is $15 off, making it just $84.99, and the Echo Spot is down to $114.99 from $129.99. The largest Echo device, the Echo Show is $80 off, dropping it to just $149.99.

These deals are only scheduled to run through tomorrow night, so don’t wait too long before placing your order.

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