Usage of Android 2.2 picks up, closing gap with Android 2.1

Usage of Android 2.2 picks up, closing gap with Android 2.1
Android 2.2 has just finished a big month. Not only was the software pre-installed on all units of the Motorola DROID 2, but Verizon managed to finally complete the massive undertaking of updating the first-gen DROID models to Froyo. All of those upgrades count, including the HTC trio of the Nexus One, EVO 4G and Desire handsets that now run on 2.2. Add it all together and you can see how the latest Android build went from installation on a  paltry 4.5% of Android phones in July to August's 28.7% reading. The 2.1 build is still responsible for 41.7% of Android phones. 17.5% and 12% of handsets using Google's open source OS are running 1.6 and 1.5 respectively. The data includes the two week period ending September 1st.

The next build of the Android OS is expected to be 3.0, also known as Gingerbread in keeping with the software's use of food items for code names. Google will most likely be slowing down the number and frequency of firmware upgrades, replacing them with updates that can be downloaded from the Android Market. This should slow down the fragmentation of the OS and allow manufacturers to offer handsets with similar features and functions instead of having to rush out an OTA upgrade to keep up with other Android models.

source: AndroidDevelopers



1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

My Droid gets worse with every update. I dread to receive the Gingerbread OS.

2. Vegas89

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 15, 2010

Just be happy you get updates, plenty of first gens got shut out after 2.1, like my Moment

3. infamarvel unregistered

Shiittt my epic 4g is rockin 2.1 and I couldn't care less.

4. RobC unregistered

These phones have an open source OS. They are meant to be rooted it seems. Root your phone, get a custom ROM. Get a custom Froyo ROM if you really have to have the latest and greatest although there are 2.1 ROM's out there that make 2.2 a moot point. Generally, the carriers are giving you a base version and you can upgrade if you like. Think of it like this, They are giving you a Subaru Impreza and the upgrade to the STI model has negligable cost to you.

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