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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