Friday, January 14, 2011

HTC and Verizon tops in speedy Android os upgrades

Since the Google android OS continues to updates through the team at Google, many manufacturers and carriers are already less than timely for their efforts to push the newest versions to numerous handsets. In the comparison of handset manufacturers and carriers, compiled by Computerworld, HTC and Verizon take top honors from the recent change to Android 2.2 Froyo.

HTC reportedly pushed Froyo updates to 1 / 2 of its eligible handsets in 2010, while Motorola only were able to upgrade 15.4 % of their devices. Samsung fell in third place with 11.1 % of eligible devices, as Dell, LG and Sony didn't push Froyo to some of their Android handsets.

When comparing the average await Froyo updates to start, Motorola and HTC showed comparable timing with 54.5 and 56 days, respectively. Samsung took over five months between Froyo's release plus the update delivered to phones.

Approaching the results from the carrier perspective, Verizon took the highest spot by updating another of their eligible devices to Froyo before the end of 2010. Sprint wasn't far behind, with 28.6 % of devices, while T-Mobile were able to update one in eight potential handsets. AT&T, however, didn't push Froyo updates to any handsets last year.

Verizon also was the quickest to update handsets, leaving customers to attend typically 58 days, while Sprint and T-Mobile pushed past 3 months.

That remains unclear when the trends continues into 2011, as numerous handsets now await the Android 2.3 Gingerbread release. The comparison offers a look at the 'fragmentation' that's been the topic of criticism over Google's mobile Operating system, because the marketplace is now filled with devices running many different versions and customized variants on the stock OS.

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