Google: Nearly 60% of Android devices now running 2.1

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Google has published an updated breakdown of the number of active devices running a given version of its Android mobile operating system platform. According to the Platform Versions device dashboard on theAndroid Developer portal, nearly 60% of all Android devices in circulation are now running version 2.1 of the OS – up almost 10% compared to mid-June (50%). Android 1.5 and 1.6 devices now make up 15.3% and 20.3% of devices respectively, while only 0.2% of devices are running obsolete versions, including version 1.1, 2.0 and 2.0.1.Originally announced at this year’s Google I/O developer conference andreleased at the end of June, Android 2.2, code named “Froyo”, is the latest stable version of the open source mobile operating system and has already started rolling out to a select number of handsets, including the Google’s Nexus One smartphone. HTC has also issued an update to 2.2 for its GSM Desire device and the HTC EVO 4G – the first 4G phone in the US – on US CDMA carrier Sprint. Following these updates, Android 2.2 is now running on 4.5% of active devices.

Several other manufacturers, Motorola for example, have announced planned upgrades. Motorola says that an update for its popular Droid (also known in Europe as the Motorola Milestone) phone on US CDMA carrier Verizon, will start rolling out in the next few weeks, followed by an update for its new Droid Xmodel. Samsung has also confirmed that in September its customers will be receiving an update for the new flagship Galaxy S mobile phone, which currently ships with Android 2.1.

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