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:


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