Most Android Users still lack Froyo touts the headline over at PCWorld, and dammit, I’m not happy about it. You see, I was one of “those guys” who ran to Verizon the morning the Droid X was released and plunked down the dough at full price ($569.99) and of course bought 2 multimedia docks (one for home, one for the office) and a new car dock to boot. You see, I was patiently awaiting this phone — with all of it’s 4.3″ screen — and aside from the 4G phones over at Sprint, I don’t think there IS a better phone. But part of the reason why I ran out there, was the promise of Froyo and Flash (in a few weeks). And here I sit without it, while my friend who still has his original Droid, already has Froyo.
I’m not unappreciative that Motorola and Verizon are tweaking away at the update, but I think that Google needs a better way to “push” the updates. I can see that there are two, perhaps three, segments of codes when it comes to the Android O/S. There are the core Android apps and O/S; there is the hardware manufacturer updates for drivers and other customizations; then there is carrier specific portions for both O/S and apps. Why can’t Android’s core be updated at any time — aside from the potential for making other parts of the “three part stack” suddenly not work? There needs to be a better way.