Four different versions of Android are running on smartphones right now, leaving some hot new applications available only for top-tier phones and potential buyers wondering whether their devices will seem obsolete in less than a year. Google must feel this pain because, according to Engadget, they're working to make Android phones more update-friendly with their next two platform releases, dubbed "Froyo" and "Gingerbread."
By detaching Google's own apps — Gmail, the Camera and photo Gallery, Googles, etc — from the main Android operating system, Google can make the new features that users want available in the Market as updates, rather than waiting on HTC, Motorola, T-Mobile, AT&T and various stars and signs to all align and get moving. Doing so would answer our main gripe with Android, and would certainly make those willing to shell out $US530 for a Google-provided phone feel a bit more secure in their purchase. [Engadget]