The Android OS breakdown

Android has been steady gaining ground and the new smartphone operating system of choice. But, with so many versions out there, is Android splintering or is this just temporary until the manufacturers issue updates?

According to this chart from Android and Me, its all about Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.1.

Android 1.5 still has life due to phones such as the new Motorola CLIQ line of phones from T-Mobile.  Android 1.6 is “holding steady” because no new phone has come out with it installed.  Most Android 1.5 and 1.6 are hoping that they will be able to upgrade their phones to at least Android 2.0 to take advantage of some of the improved functionality.  But, its a 50/50 shot due to hardware restrictions.

As for Android 2.1, that number is going to continue to grow, especially with Verizon’s update to the DROID and the Google N1.  Also, there has been annoucements of possibly new Android phones (i.e. MyTouch Slide from T-Mobile) coming out this year with 2.1 loaded.  And, what about the older phones I mentioned?  They may get to bypass 2.0 and go straight to the 2.1 operating system.