Android OS 2.X upgrade picks up steam

December 2, 2010: 9:12 AM ET

Older phones are being updated, retired or just plain outnumbered by smartphones running Android 2.x

As the release of Google's (GOOG) Android 2.3 looms, the latest report of phones hitting the Android Market shows increased adoption of Android 2.1 and 2.2.

Source: Android Dev.

Last month, under 80% of Android users were on 2.x devices, so the upgrade march continues.  Most of the gain was in Android 2.2  devices, which have some significant advantages over their 2.1 counterparts, including Voice Actions, faster browsing, enterprise features, and Google Docs editing, among others.

Movement since June below:

Interestingly, if you add the above numbers up there is 0.1% missing. Surely that could be due to rounding, but I like to believe that those are the Android 2.3 devices being tested in the wild.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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