According to the latest official statistics directly from Google, Android users are more fragmented than ever. Only around 28% of users are running Android 2.2, a bit more than 40% have 2.1, and a third are using a more outdated version.
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In fact, some users are still operating on Android 1.5 and 1.6. It all leads to a very big headache to developers, almost all of whom always receive negative reviews simply because some user on some Android platform can't run their program.
So far, Android 2.2 has been released on the Nexus One, Droid, Droid 2, Droid Incredible, and Evo 4G. Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S users are still waiting for their update.
And some of the early Android adopters won't even be able to upgrade to the 2.2 version, ever. This is the biggest problem plaguing Android, which rival platform iOS doesn't face. That's because only about four phones - the iPhones - run iOS, and they're all manufactured by the same company.
Google is planning on making Android 3.0 a big reset button for the platform, making a much stricter set of guidelines for devices that will run the mobile operating system. However, most of today's phones won't be eligible for 3.0 when it comes out next year.
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Via The Inquirer