The Long Road to Standardization: Google’s Android OS

One of Google’s biggest problems with the Android mobile platform is the fact that the system is very fragmented. For those unfamiliar with the concept, this is simply the fact that so many different versions of the Android OS are currently available.

This is because the Android operating system is used by a wide range of mobile phones and that there has been a lot of versions that have been released in the past couple of years. The other important factor here is that many manufacturers have come out with Android devices as well –which means that being able to provide a uniformity of user experience is completely out of the question.

The BlackBerry OS, Palm WebOS and the Apple iOS are not prone to this same issue –this is because the other mobile platforms are stuck with only one phone manufacturer. But since the strength of Google’s open source platform is its distribution, delegating it to only one phone maker would not be a good idea.

According to recent studies, the Android 2.2 Froyo has grown to reach a significant portion of Android users. Currently, the latest OS holds about 38% of the Android population. About 41% of users are still using 2.1 Éclair and the rest are split between 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut.

Many are expecting that the shift from Donut and Cupcake to the Éclair and Froyo platforms will be happening during this last quarter of the year (Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA series will be getting Éclair in the UK by early 2011 –or so many rumors say) until the start of 2011. In the meanwhile, the Android is quickly catching up with the Symbian mobile platform in terms of distribution –with many expecting total market saturation by the end of the year.

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