Saturday, September 11, 2010
Google updated their Android Platform Versions page yesterday, which shows how the various versions of Android are distributed across devices. Android 2.2, Froyo, made huge advances this month, going from only 4.5 percent last month, to now running on 28.7 percent of all devices out there. Android 2.1, Eclair, makes up the majority of the pie, running on 41.7 percent of devices. Together, this means that Android 2.x is running on over 70 percent of devices. That's the good news.
The bad news is the number of devices still stuck on 1.5 or 1.6. These include the G1, original MyTouch, Cliq, Cliq XT, Devour, etc. Most of these are likely to never see an official upgrade, despite there being millions of them out in the wild. Over 29 percent of devices out there are still running 1.5 or 1.6, meaning one in four of the Android devices you might encounter are running outdated software. There's always the option of rooting and hacking, but the overwhelming majority of users are unaware or uncomfortable with that option. So they are forced to wait on their carrier/manufacturer to issue updates.
officially stated that it will never be upgraded past 1.6. To me, that's just unacceptable. But let's focus on the positive, right! Froyo is gaining! :-)