While some users are are enjoying Android 2.1 on their Nexus One handsets and others (Droid) are poised to see it any day now, the rest of us are left to wonder just how much life and OS support remains. G1 users are probably the most concerned here due to the limited amount of memory. If the latest rumor proves to be true, all Android owners in the US will see Android 2.1 next quarter.
According to a source for AndroidAndMe, some handsets will not be able to take all (live wallpapers) of Android 2.1 features but will maintain the general backbone (firmware). This matches up with previous information we’ve heard before where Android 2.1 might be available in pieces via apps and select downloads.
As of right now, it’s said that the carriers and handset makers are hammering out details as to how and when the updates will roll out. AndroidAndMe’s sources also indicate that some handsets will require a wipe to get the update and may or may not involve tethering.
G1 and myTouch 3G owners are rumored to be among the first to see these updates if/when they start next quarter.