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Half of all Android™ phones now operating on Froyo

In September 2008, the first Android phone the HTC G 1 was introduced with the Android OS 1.0 and with a few third party apps. This Android OS has been the forerunner to a wide variety of operating systems developed by the Android open source community with a phenomenal number of apps. Smoothing out the problems in the Android OS brought about the much better and well accepted 1.5 OS and 1.6 OS. As various manufacturers using various types of hardware, at different stages of development were in the race for a better and better product, Android 2.0 was released. Android 2.0 and 2.1 versions of the OS were then the most popular with a wide variety of smartphone manufacturers till mid 2010.

Barely had quite a few manufacturers launched or announcing launches took shape, the Android community and Google announced Android 2.2 nicknamed the Froyo. With each upgrade came a new set of problems and a new set of demands and more expectations from users. While the iPhone and RIM Blackberry systems kept introducing more and more features, the pressure kept building on the Android community to be quick in developing newer versions of the OS. Introducing an OS is a cumbersome task of management between the developers, manufacturers and the carriers. The pressure is always there on the carriers to be able to provide the features after testing the same and matching the requirements.

The end of 2010 and early 2011 also saw the next few versions namely, the Android 2.3 – Gingerbread OS and the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS being announced and launched. It is hence, not very surprising, that more than half the phones operating in the market, at user level are Froyo based operating systems. Froyo introduced in May 2010, today is operational in February 2011 on about 52% of the Android-based units. About 30 to 35% of Android-based phones are still operational on Android 2.1, with about 10% using Android 1.6, about 7% using 1.5 and less than 0.5% use Android Gingerbread.

Disney set to launch an Android™ smartphone in Japan

Disney is now planning to enter the smartphone industry with Disney Mobile planning to introduce Disney Smartphones. The smartphones will be based on the Sharp Galapagos 003SH platform and run on the Android 2.2 operating system. The phone boasts of 3D experience without the need of special glasses. The new phone comes with a 3.8 inch display with an inbuilt 9.6 MP camera with the usual connectivity packages of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and comes enabled with GPS. It provides support for Flash 10.1. It comes prepackaged with Disney branding in the form of a customized Disney themed home screen, widgets, emoticons, apps and a personalized @disney.ne.jp MMS address.

You also get to chose a Disney themed cover for your phone. It has an amazingly good user interface. The UI is a reworked Google Mobile OS with a customized Disney look, with great custom designed widgets. It comes with a 1GHz processor powerful enough to power its exciting graphics.

The Android Froyo 2.2 powering it will add many powerful features to make this phone a hit. The Android platform provides the users with the ability to switch between apps faster and smoothly without any glitches. Also it provides an enriched web browsing technique with faster browsing speeds. Java experience has also been enhanced with shorter rendering time. An added bonus is the new media framework Stagefright for enhanced media playback experience. This coupled with OpenGL ES 2.0 makes it an enriched media experience in your hand. The Disney Smartphone is poised to release soon in Japan and is targeted for families and children.

Disney which already has a big footprint in the entertainment business will ensure that the phone is marketed with the right features to ensure its sales. Disney has to ensure that the smart phone is up to the mark and proves to be a good competitor against all the Android phones flooding the market. Also Apple phones and Microsoft Phone 7-based devices are also strong competitors in this segment. Blackberry and Nokia are the other competitors.

Disney will have to sell the phone to a select segment of the market. Its 3D features may create ripples and attract interest in it. Disney had earlier tried to launch a phone targeting 10-15 year, olds but that was not successful.

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