Google released some interesting figures today regarding the percentage of their users, and what version of their Android operating system that they are currently running. Stunningly, the information states that 83% of their users are currently running Android 2.2 or better, suggesting that Unlocked Motorola Milestone Android users are very likely to keep up on their updates, much more so than other platforms have previously reported.
Along with the 83% of the users that are currently running 2.1 or better, most of their users are actually running the newest version of the software, version 2.2, which 43% of their users are running. Most mobile operating systems are not able to garner anywhere close to this number of users running the latest version of the software, especially when the updates require that the cell phone companies release their own updates for their devices. The 2.2 update was in high demand when it was first released and has received quick attention from a number of different carriers and phone developers.
This makes it easier for Google to release updates for the their operating system, especially since they do not have to worry about huge upgrades for users that are still running on older versions of their operating system. Currently more than 10% of their user base is running Android 1.6 and 6% of their user base is currently running Android 1.5.
The numbers are fairly surprising overall. The nature of the market will always ensure that 100% of users are not running updated software, but a total of 83% using the last two versions of Android shows that users know how to upgrade their devices and are interested in the features that have been made available by Google through recent updates.
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