37,642. That is how many times the “BuglessBeast” version of Android 2.2 (Froyo), made be Peter Alfonso, has been downloaded. Thanks in part to the bit.ly link, which counts downloads, we can get a rare glimpse at just how many people have rooted (hacked) their phones, particularly the Droid. While this may not seem like a large number in comparison to the millions of Droid phones that have been sold, it is important to keep in mind that this is just one build. In fact, Alfonso claims that his build was only advertised through word of mouth and twitter. Woah.
It would also appear that people were attracted to Alfonso’s build due to the additional amount of customization that it offers. For instance, Alfonso released a vanilla Froyo upgrade at the same time as “buglessbeast” that offers no additional customization or hacks. That that version has only marked 1,000 downloads.
At any rate, for a single build of Froyo to be downloaded over 37,000 times shows just how smart and dedicated Droid users are. I can only imagine what kind of numbers we would see if it were possible to track rooting across the entire Android family.
For more info on Peter Alfonso, check out his Twitter