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Google Releases Android 2.2 & Reveals Phone Sales Figures

Gordon Kelly

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With the you know what launching today, Google has a couple of stark reminders for Apple that it won't be having everything its own way...

Speaking yesterday at the Motorola Droid X launch, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced it is now activating 160,000 Android handsets per day. This is up an incredible 60 per cent on May when Google reported a figure of 100,000 per day.

"We have seen a tremendous increase in adoption," said Schmidt in an interview with the Guardian. "We've also seen a growth in the number of apps available for Android – there are now approximately 65,000 compared to only 50,000 a month ago."

This number is only likely to increase with the news Google has also finally put Android 2.2 (aka 'Froyo') into the wild. Numerous builds of this important and radical firmware have leaked out and been rooted onto Android handsets in recent weeks, but this is the first official and final version.

Google Nexus One handsets will update automatically over the next few days with manufacturers now able to get to work on adapting their skins to work with the new firmware. Consequently the big question is: whether you are an Android fan or not on this most iPhone of days, will you still be one by this time next year...?

Sources:

The Guardian

Gizmodo

xenos

June 24, 2010, 5:02 am

Definitely a fan of Android, I love my Desire but HTC has to get these updates going soon! If they aren't going to update phones that have already been released its going to devalue Android handsets pretty badly..

rav

June 24, 2010, 11:55 am

Can't see myself moving away from Android although I wouldn't rule it out. I wouldn't get an iPhone 4 although I have to admit that it's now finally at the point where there's not much wrong with it except for the extortionate price.

Runadumb

June 24, 2010, 2:07 pm

Will people still get these updates automatically if they bought it unlocked sans carrier? Does android look at googles servers when finding updates or does the carrier have to push it out? Im running the FRF 50 build on my nexus one.


I agree with Ravmania, I think IOS 4 removes most of the reasons I had for not going apple but I see no reason to jump from Android. My biggest problem with Android, by a mile, is no WMA support (at least on the nexus). I have so so many albums in that format and theres no way in hell I can be arsed converting them all. Spotify helps but its a terrible way to have a massive music collection on your phone if you want to sort by album and artist.


I wish they would just let you buy the license in the market, makes me hark back to how easy it was on my Windows mobile devices :(

DrDark

June 24, 2010, 3:08 pm

Seriously; Android has no WMA support?! I'm pretty sure even my E71 does.

Soul

June 24, 2010, 3:19 pm

Anyone hazard a guess when this will hit our desire's in the uk?





And how will it be distributed, will it be straight from HTC, or will I be at the mercy of my network provider?

piesforyou

June 24, 2010, 3:35 pm

WMA support? Seriously, just set your computer to convert them to a non-proprietary format overnight.

Runadumb

June 24, 2010, 4:03 pm

@drdark its because google don't want to pay the license fee which is understandable. Some manufactures and carriers pay for it so it is supported on a number of android devices. Shame I can't buy it on the market though.





@Piesforyou any suggested applications to do that which won't result in a mess of files? I was doing it with MP3tag to keep the album art but it was time consuming and I gave up. Suppose I could just lose the album art and get about filling my SD card. Argh all this so so much easier on WM

rav

June 24, 2010, 5:02 pm

@Runadumb


My Desire plays WMA no problem.





Anyone with a Desire will be waiting a while for 2.2. Google only released the code yesterday and HTC are rubbish at doing updates. The UK Hero still does not officially have 2.1 yet!





When it does come you'll have to wait for your operator to release their version of the ROM unless you make a goldcard and flash the generic HTC ROM which is what I will do and recommend. But don't hold your breath!

DrDark

June 24, 2010, 6:42 pm

@ravmania: The HTC Hero is rather long in the tooth at this point. I'd expect Desire's OS to be updated sharpish. After all, it does seem to be the most popular Android phone at the moment...

rav

June 24, 2010, 7:48 pm

@drdark


It's not even a year old yet! And they announced the update back in October! Much a I like my Desire HTC need to be taken to task over their shoddy support for their devices.

kdot

June 24, 2010, 9:16 pm

hero update is in the next few weeks out in Taiwan and the OTA updates are starting to land (part 1 atm) but saying that hardware wise the Hero is getting on.





Droid X looks very nice but think I am just going to wait for a p hone with 2.2 installed so I know the hardware has been picked to take the most advantage of it. Comparing the Hero to the Desire made me want an upgrade even more :/





What the hell is WMA? mp3 all the way! lol

Aidey

June 25, 2010, 12:55 pm

HTC need to get a move on and get 2.2 out there, It's what holding me off getting a Desire, not being able to save apps on memory card. I know there are ways to circumvent the OS, but that's not the point and users shouldn't have to do so either...





I am looking forward to HTC follow up to the Desire, as that got closer than anyone imagined to the apple handset. Nokia announcing that Meego will be the OS for all future N series http://news.cnet.com/8301-3068... This can only be great news for the consumer, game on!!!

Simon

June 25, 2010, 2:18 pm

I'm patiently waiting for the 2.2 update on my Desire but aren't holding my breathe after seeing how long it is taking them to update the Hero (which I am now very glad I didn't get). I'm tempted to flash it using the info on MoDoCo or XDA but would rather do it officially now i know it's on its way. It does make me wonder if i should have just got the Nexus One instead as at least updates will come thick and fast and Google have now realised they need to improve the vanilla UI to match HTCs and Motorola's.

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