The number of mobile phones that are currently running on older versions of the popular Google Android operating system (OS) is likely to fall in the coming months.

Google’s head of Android engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer has said that the number of mobile phones and tablets running older versions of the OS is nothing to do with the company.

He stated that is the manufacturers of each device that have the final say on which OS it uses.

Earlier this week the firm unveiled the £159 Nexus 7 tablet, which is the first handset to run on Android 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean.

Mr Lockheimer also said that Google will never operate like Apple because the “nature of our ecosystems” are different to each other.

“Android is open source because we want manufacturers to have that freedom. It’s up to the manufacturers to see what their targets are,” he continued.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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