In an interview with the Silicon Valley Mercury News, Android founder and Google VP Andy Rubin spoke candidly about the growth of the Android platform and their upcoming plans. With eight releases in the first year and a half of Android's existence, Google's updates have been coming at around twice a year. The plans for the future include only a yearly update, as the Android OS stabilizes and allows their many carriers to catch up with the software.
"Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that's movin--it's hard for developers to keep up," Rubin said. "I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don't want developers to have to predict the innovation."
The 2010 released Android phones are expected to come with Android 2.2, or "Froyo," installed but many phones like the Motorola Backflip with the OS installed are still stuck with iterations as far back as 1.6 with updates not coming for months. Google hopes that slowing down the releases of OS updates will allow them to be easier to bring to phones and increase stability all around.