The highly fragmented Android population continues to plague Google as well as Android software developers, but at least now there is a version of the OS that more than half of users are utilizing.
Because of hardware restrictions and lack of update capabilities, thousands of Android handsets have become stuck at older versions of the operating system while Google continues to roll out new updates for newer phones. The current breakdown is as follows:
Android 1.5: 18.9%
Android 1.6: 22.1%
Android 2.1: 55.5%
Android 2.2: < 5%
Those numbers come from an official Google report, as the online behemoth tries to add transparency to the fact that it realizes the fragmentation problem.
Beginning next year, all new Android phones will have a new set of standards to abode by, which will become the new Android 3.0 specifications. Most current Android users will not be able to get the 3.0 upgrade simply because their device won't meet those new requirements.
Regardless, it is good to see that there is a steady increase in the number of users who are upgrading. The next step is to get as many devices as possible to Android 2.2, also known as "Froyo" (all of the Android updates are given dessert-based code names. Froyo stands for Frozen Yogurt). Currently the only handset that has gotten the Froyo update is Google's own Nexus One, but the Droid, Droid X, and Evo 4G are slated to be among the next to receive it.
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