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Android 2.2 in less than a third of Google phones

Android 2.2 in less than a third of Google phones

Just 28.7 per cent of Android phone owners are equipped with the 2.2 edition of Google’s operating system, official data reveals, as problems with compatibility continue to delay rollouts.

The slow level of adoption by phone makers and networks has been revealed by official statistics from Google, which also showed that only 40 per cent of phones have Android 2.1.

Meanwhile, Android 1.5 and 1.6 still account for 12 per cent and 17 per cent of devices respectively.

The findings come amid widespread problems ensuring that Google’s new platform iterations are compatible with phone makers’ custom skins, such as HTC Sense and Sony Ericsson’s Rachael.

Last week, O2 scrapped a 2.2 update for the HTC Desire and Dell Streak after some users claimed it rendered their handsets temporarily inoperable.

Issues with the updates have led some industry watchers to speculate that Google will significantly reduce the scope for customisation of Android in future.

Others have forecast that the search giant will instead opt to issue updates much less regularly than at present to allow carriers and phone makers more time to resolve any problems.

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