MOBILE MANUFACTURERS are finally getting their Android devices into line by bringing out version 2.1 of the operating system to some of their most popular devices.
Motorola announced that starting from Thursday Droid owners in the US will be receiving updates over-the-air. The Droid smartphone is currently the best selling Android device with figures showing that it has managed to reach one million units sold sooner than Apple's Iphone. The update will be issued in batches of 250,000 but impatient owners should be able to apply the update manually too.
Over here in the UK the Droid handset carries the Milestone moniker, but we can confirm that the update doesn't work on this side of the Atlantic yet. Motorola told us that a similar update will be available here "in the next few weeks".
Motorola isn't the only firm to get its finger out and bring the latest release of the Android mobile operating system to punters. Samsung also announced that its Galaxy Portal device will soon receive the bump up and even HTC's value Android-based smartphone proposition the Tattoo is set to get Eclair.
Until now, Google's Nexus One was the only device to sport the latest version of the Android OS. The capability for punters to upgrade to new versions of the operating system is seen to be crucial in promoting it against Apple's Iphone.
Thanks to Google's botched handling of the Nexus One launch with numerous availability, legal, and not to mention connectivity problems, other devices are looking set to overtake the Nexus One. These updates will only serve to cement the position of Google's Nexus One as a technology showcase, with its only remaining party piece, Android 2.1 becoming available sooner on numerous other devices.
For Android users the unification of the operating system version is vital. It should allow for a higher featured baseline, not only in access to hardware features but also in the applications on the market.
These updates can't come soon enough and one can only hope that the manufacturers will realise that standardising the Android OS software version across devices will help everyone, including not least them. µ
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