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Google says that 160,000 new Android phones are arriving in customer’s hands each day after announcing 100,000 daily Android activations just last month. This speedy growth has caused some fragmentation issues, but Verizon and Motorola have plans to address that — all Droids will see Froyo.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who was on hand at today’s Droid X unveiling, said that some 160,000 Android handsets are activated daily. That compares with the 100,000 daily activations the company cited at its Google I/O event just last month. Adding to the platform’s momentum, Google is also releasing Android 2.2, aka Froyo, to device manufacturers today, which brings speed improvements and support for Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1.

Following on the heels of Schmidt’s statement is a post today by Andy Rubin, Google’s VP of engineering and co-founder of Android, which includes data that makes clear how fast the Android train is rolling: 60 handsets available through 21 original equipment makers on 59 carriers in 49 countries. Such growth is impressive, but can bring unintended consequences as well.

As Google matures the Android operating system faster than handset makers can design, build and sell such phones, a relatively new handset can be stuck running an older version of Android for some time. Indeed, the just-announced Droid X will have neither Froyo nor Flash support when it becomes available on July 15, but instead will see the upgrade in the latter half of summer. Verizon and Motorola, in an effort to reduce the platform fragmentation problem, plan to upgrade all Motorola Droid handsets to Froyo, so the original Droid and the Droid Devour will see the updated operating system as well as the new Droid X.

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  1. All Verizon Droids Will Get Froyo – Droid Forum – Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum Wednesday, June 23, 2010

    [...] Droid and the Droid Devour will see the updated operating system as well as the new Droid X. Android Daily Activations Top 160,000; All Verizon Droids Will Get Froyo To bad they say "when" the original Droid will receive the "updated operating [...]

  2. Motorola Announces Droid X Amidst iPhone Frenzy | GottaBeMobile Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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  3. “All Verizon Droids Will Get Froyo”…how about Verizon’s HTC Droids?

    1. Kevin C. Tofel Dave Thursday, June 24, 2010

      Verizon didn’t say anything yesterday about HTC Droids, but prior to that, HTC has said that all Android phones released this year would see Froyo, so I’d expect it for the HTC Incredible.

  4. Saurabh Kaushik Thursday, June 24, 2010

    Any news of when is Android 2.2 OTA update planned for Nexus One?

    1. Keep an eye on your Nexus One if you have one – OTA updates reportedly started last night. :)

  5. Froyo is actually pretty nice on the Droid, even @ stock speeds. I’m excited to see what AOSP does with it. On the other hand, VZW going tiered sux. I dig Moto hardware, but I may look to another carrier. I burn through well over 2 gig a month, without tethering.

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  10. Everything You Need to Know About Froyo Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    [...] build offered since carriers often add their own software or tweaks. This process takes time and Google only provided Froyo to its carrier and handset partners last week. Few of Google’s partners have yet committed to specific delivery dates, so watch for [...]

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