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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Which Android version are they shipping?

It's November 2010. Froyo (aka Frozen Yougurt, Android OS 2.2) was released several months ago and Gingerbread (which is likely to be Android 2.3) will soon be available for user trial. Let's have a look at  how the Android manufacturers are doing in terms of their support in Android OS versions.

HTC, the Taiwan Hero, had a long history (well, long, in Android terms) with Google. Together they have made Android popular with Cupcake (1.5) and Donut (1.6). Continuing their close relationships, HTC was the first (besides Google's own Nexus One, which was also made by HTC) to offer upgrades from Eclair (2.1) to Froyo (2.2) for their handsets.

Motorola, the American dreamer, made their "come back" by initially releasing Donut (1.6) devices. Since late 2009, Motorola  began to offer upgrades to Eclair (2.0 and 2.1). Nowadays, all Motorola Android phones come with Eclair (2.1) and possibly Froyo (2.2) in the near future.

Huawei, the Chinese challenger, began by offering Cupcake (1.5) and jumped to Eclair (2.1) smartphones in early 2010. In September 2010, they have released the world's first mass-market (a pretty name for "cheap") Android Froyo (2.2) smartphone. LG, the Korean sweetheart, was the second company to follow and released another mass-market Froyo (2.2) smartphone (with multi-touch, which all Huawei smartphones lack).

Samsung, the Korean giant, also began with Cupcake (1.5) then Eclair (2.1). They have recently release the Froyo (2.2) upgrade for their flagship smartphone. There are rumors that Samsung is making the second Nexus One "Nexus S" for Google, which will be the first Gingerbread (2.3) Android device.

Sony Ericsson is still falling behind in the game. They were stuck with Donut (1.6) for almost a year and has just recently announced an Eclair (2.1) upgrade (yes, it is not a Froyo upgrade) some of their exiting Android models. Other manufactures such as Acer and ZTE have also released their Android devices with Eclair (2.1).

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