Android 2.2 (Froyo) Reins as Lead Android OS Across the Board

You can’t help but wonder if a good portion of the Android community is still using Android 2.1, 2.2, or heck… possible even an ancient version such as 1.6. Thanks to a new poll that was conducted, it’s prominently evident that Android 2.2 (Froyo) is the leading Android OS being utilized in most Android devices on the market as we speak.

This poll shows us that exactly 61.3% of Android’s (tablets and smartphones) are running Froyo, while 29.0% are still on 2.1 (Eclair). What about the latest and greatest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)? You may be surprised to know that only 0.7% of current Android’s are running this new OS. And if you think that’s bad, then try only 0.3% of Android tablets running with Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb.

Even though it may seem like we should be seeing a much faster progression of Android versions throughout the smartphone and tablet scene, we have to take into consideration the factors that come into play such as hardware costs, and what it takes to manage these devices software-wise to always be up to par with the latest OS. Majority of these mid-range Android’s that we see from service providers simply cannot handle what it takes to run the latest versions of Android.

As with all technology, Android 2.2 will be a thing of the past before we know it, and we’ll all be laughing that we even used such prehistoric software on our handsets.

[VIA] Engadget

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New Browser Tests Show Android 50% Faster than iOS in Loading Speeds

Do we really need yet another graph showing how Android performance reins over iOS? We sure do! I love these constant reminders that point out Android devices are superior in more ways than one.

This test was specifically set up to compare speeds of the stock browsers of both Android and iOS platforms. We should mention that the Android devices that were used were running 2.2 and 2.3 versions of Android, while the iPhone 4 devices were on 4.2 and 4.3.

The tests that were conducted were quite thorough, including visiting 1,000 different sites while doing 45,000 separate tests in total. On average, the Android browser loaded pages 52% faster than the iOS browser. How’s that for competition?

We can’t say we’re very surprised at the drastic lead that the Android browser has over iOS, but we have Google’s crack team to thank for consistently keeping the Android browser up to snuff. With more Tegra 2 devices starting to emerge, iOS will have a hell of a time keeping up!


[VIA] Phandroid

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