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The march of Froyo continues, with Android 2.2 now on one-third of all Android devices. Please excuse us while we do a little jig. ... ... ... OK, we're back. That's right, folks, 33.4 percent of devices now have the latest version of Android, up from 28.7 percent just 20 days ago. The number of devices on Android 2.1 (Eclair) dropped 1.3 percentage points, to 41.7 percent, and Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5) are down to 16.5 percent and 9.7 percent respectively. Hooray for progress. [Android Developer Blog]

 

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Froyo now on a third of Android devices

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And I'm happy to say that I personally helped raise the 2.2 percentages by owning a Droid X! Thank you, thank you very much!

Yeah! ... Really? This is not a big win. Why all hardware capable Android phones are not on Froyo is a tad disappointing. Froyo has been out for months and the manufactures had pre-release versions before that. It's not like tracking Windows upgrades, where the consumer must pay to get the new version. I'm on an EVO so I can't really complain. But, manufactures and providers should really have 2.2 on all hardware capable phones by now. I'm just callin' in as it is. Sorry to rain on the parade.

It's only disappointing because the phone manufacturers think it's so important to add custom UIs to their android phones to make them more attractive, only to make it harder for them to keep up to date with Android OS updates. If only they would learn to make their UI's less intrusive, the way LauncherPro or ADW launcher does, so the base OS is untouched but still customizable.

Imagine if you bought an HTC phone with Sense but could easily turn off Sense and revert back to stock Android, and in the process get android updates with less delays and bugs. I know this would make their phones more interesting to me.

Worth noting that the Evo, running a skinned version of Android, got 2.2 before the Droid, running a vanilla version. It seems to be a matter of how much time and money manufacturers are willing to spend moreso than anything else.

Good point Jerry. HTC and Sprint have really done a great job on this.

I do like Sense and the upcoming version of Sense, with a lot of great new features (including htcsense.com), looks perdy darn cool.
Just like computers, cell phone manufacturers are becoming assemblers, so with 70+ Android phones, software enhancements are becoming the primary way for them to differentiate their product from the competition.

I guess I'm kinda spoiled. When I got my EVO it came loaded with froyo so I can't even compare it to eclair. And then two days later HTC dropped the ota update removing the 30fps cap. I guess timing is everything. Really enjoying it so far, can't believe I waited so long to dump my pre.

Sadily a good chunk of that 1.5 and 1.6 are from Motorola and Sony Ericcson. Both hardware kings (arguably), also both software jokers.

Yep. I have a Cliq XT, released in March 2010. STILL on 1.5. And Moto originally said we'd get 2.1 back near June. So 2.2 has been out about as long as my phone (longer?) and i'll probably never see it.

Sorry Moto. It's a solid phone, but you'll be my last choice (if at all) next time.

I'm glad I didn't wait to dump my Pre on Evo launch day and so far I've converted two friends over something I could never do with the Pre no matter how hard I tried to convince them. I absolutely love this phone. They have this article at precentral and there's a lot of angry Pre/Pixi owners and excuse makers but some are wising up and are ready to leave.