Androids have created a stir in the markets once again. The question is where is it heading? And Google has done it once again by presenting this information, on the Google Android developer’s blog. The real question is, Is the Gingerbread made for the tablets or is it for the phones? Barely after the question of the dispute between almost all the US carriers and Samsung came to light, with complaints of Samsung demanding an extra fee per device for a so called feature update, the update war seems to only be growing.
While Android 1.5, Android 1.6, Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 are already in the market, reviews show independent break-ups of percentage of use as the operating system which are rather dismal. On the other hand, the iPhone claims to have introduced almost 90percent of their devices with the iOS 4. X. The iOS 3 and the iOS 2 hold the balance 10 odd percent. Other reviews call this humbug by saying that, this is a marketing gimmick as, Apple talks of iOS 4.x in comparison to individual Android 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3. Apple does not display their results as a breakup of iOS 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3. This number game is very questionable. When you compare 2.x Android to 4.x Android, this argument is defeated as the figures then are almost the same. The Androids count is somewhere near 88 percent of 2.x users and the iOS4.x clocks 89 odd percent.
One must also take into consideration the fact that, the iOS 4.x was released 7 months ago while the Android 3.3 was released barely a month ago. Yes, it is a fact that the 2.3 version of Android Gingerbread OS launched only a week ago, appears only on a couple of Android devices worldwide. It is also true that the Android community, developers, hardware manufacturers and carriers have to align themselves better to enable, implementation of the latest operating systems and upgrades to be more effective.
There are also rumors of T-Mobile and Samsung holding back the latest Froyo updates with a concept of trying to sell more handsets with promises. However, Google has introduced the same on the Google Nexus smart phone. Could be that Google was trying to take control of its own software updates, not realizing that elimination of some of their own controls over Android could probably be the best stimulus towards mass adoption of the OS, by so many manufacturers and developers.
As of date, the Samsung Galaxy S range of Android powered smart phones, considered to be some of the better devices on the market, have enraged many in the delayed Froyo updates and other enhanced versions of the OS being developed, worldwide. Whether it is a publicity stunt or methods of better assimilation of various manufacturers in the Android world is something that only time will tell. It is not wrong to say only 0.4 percent of all Android users run the newest version of Android Gingerbread or Android 2.3. To summarize, it is not derogatory that only 0.4 percent use this OS, probably an interesting peek into the reality.