GOOGLE'S STATISTICS show that less than 30 per cent of Android users are running the latest version of the operating system.
Google regularly releases information to developers in order to give them a glimpse of the potential audience depending on the features they incorporate in their programs. Data collected up until September show that while Android 1.5 and 1.6 usage is falling, only 28.7 per cent of users polled were running Android 2.2, the latest version of Google's Linux-based operating system.
Perhaps more disappointing was that more than nine months after its debut on the Nexus One, Android 2.1 is found on little more than 40 per cent of devices. One ray of light from Google's data is that Android 2.2 adoption is growing at a faster rate than ever before and above those of previous Android operating systems.
Given that handset manufacturers and operators are taking an inordinate amount of time to customise, brand and otherwise enhance the Android operating system, it's not surprising that consumers are suffering, lagging behind the cutting edge.
Google is currently preparing the third major version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread. It has recently made statements suggesting that Android 3.0 will be more conducive to tablet devices. However for the vast majority of Android users, getting Android 2.2 would be enough for now. µ
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