- Android 1.1 -- February 09, 2009
- Android 1.5 -- Cupcake on April 30, 2009
- Android 1.6 -- Donut on September 15, 2009
- Android 2.0/2/1 -- Éclair on October 26, 2009
- Android 2.2 -- Froyo on May 20, 2010
- Samsung Tab - Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- Toshiba Folio 100 - Android 2.2 (Froyo )
- Viewsonic ViewPad - Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner's worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia's volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 spot will be contested with Android, which will be at a very similar share level.
Unfortunately, Android's explosive growth has caused issues within the space and confused consumers. Google is realizing that the viral adoption of its mobile OS has a side-effect -- fragmentation. According to Gartner -- Android 2.2 (Froyo) is on about 29% of active devices and Android 2.0/2.1 (Éclair) is on 41.7% as of September 1. Additionally, there appears to be no minimum hardware standard with handsets or tablets. This seems to be translating into a mixed user experience.
One of the pillars of Apple's success in the mobility space is its congruency. Google need not be a dictator -- the company should simply support minimum requirements. Perhaps - Google could tap the Open Handset Alliance to help it draft a list of minimum industry standards. Google is showing signs of bringing the industry into alignment with Gingerbread. Unfortunately, much of the logistics are being kept close to the vest. Why -- I am assuming that Schmidt simply does not want to upset the various OEMs, MNOs, semi-conductor makers and Android developers. After all -- this is an ecosystem and the most minor change could adversely affect Android's adoption.
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