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Android 4.0 now on 10.9% of Android devices

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Android 4.0 now on 10.9% of Android devices
Android 4.1 may be on the Google Nexus 7, but it is too early to appear in the data

Android 4.1 may be on the Google Nexus 7, but it is too early to appear in the data

The history of Android can be viewed by going through the Android developers numbers and watching in each release how the latest Android build slowly starts to get traction and the older builds start to fade away. We've seen Froyo (Android 2.2) go from a small share of Android models to becoming the dominant build. We watched as Gingerbread replaced Froyo. Now, it is Ice Cream Sandwich beginning the journey from new upstart to eventually running on a vast majority of Android phones. It is way too early for Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) to register.

The latest numbers show that between Android 4.0 through 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich is installed on 10.9% of Android devices. That is a far cry from the 64% using Gingerbread, but the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III alone is going to shake things up in favor of Ice Cream Sandwich. 27.3% are still sporting Android 2.2, Froyo. The information, by the way, uses data compiled for the two weeks ended on July 2nd. Believe it or not, 4.7% of Android devices active are running Eclair (Android 2.1) while a combined .7% use devices running Android 1.5 and 1.6. How many Nuvifones are still in use?

source: Androiddevelopers via AndroidCentral

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posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:13 1

1. Birds (Posts: 1157; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Well, i wonder is that because all the all the tablets are getting upgraded from Honeycomb to ICS?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:18 7

2. tedkord (Posts: 11604; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Just got my daughter the RAZR Maxx two weeks ago, and she got ICS today. She's super impressed with it. It's silky smooth, fast and functional. We'll have to see if it makes the battery even more awesome.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:04

26. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Yeah, don't you hate how the notifications bar is so small now? It is so difficult to see the icons taht are up there! Why did they do that?
Also, the screen gets darker when it is at 0%! ITS AWESOME!!

I wish we could take those extra things off the lockscreen, I sometimes accidently hit them when in a little hurry.

And why did they not fix those bugged camera and gallery apps? They are SOOO SLOW! Try pinch-to-zoom in the gallery app and you'll see what I mean.

Does anyone know if I could get a different camera app and set it as default?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:19 7

3. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

i am in that 10.7%

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 10:30 2

29. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)

I have Jelly Bean, I am the less than 1%

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 12:37

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4831; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Me too, I have been on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean since a day after Google I/O.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:30 3

4. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Probably because the RAZR family just got ICS 4 days ago.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:33 6

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:34 1

27. wendygarett (unregistered)

Have a taste of ICS and JB and you'll love it :D

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 13:23 6

33. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

may be one day thank you

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:35

6. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

next galaxy note for at&t

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:42 1

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

A 3 percent jump. Nice. That's an increase of 12 million units over the course of a month. (multiply 400 million by 0.03) Seems the combination of the Evo launch and the Razr/Razr Maxx (plus a few other devices and tablets) getting ICS has made a bit of a mark.

Edit: that's 400,000 units a day getting ICS. Assuming a good percentage of them are sold, I'd say a good chunk of the 1,000,000 activations a day are ICS devices.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:47 3

8. bayusuputra (Posts: 962; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

wonder if this includes the custom ROMs..

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:12 2

10. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)

It's collected from devices accessing google play in the past 2 weeks so i would say so..

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:23

12. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Why not ?
It's not like devices running roms won't be able to access the store ?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:28 5

14. tedkord (Posts: 11604; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

He said yes.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:09 1

9. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

I wanted to buy a HTC OneX
Now I changed my mind and I want a galaxy nexus because of jelly bean

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:16 1

11. thunderising (Posts: 232; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)

What an achievement.


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:24

13. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

Id say it's because all of us Tmo GS2 users upgrading to ICS just recently

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:59 1

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

that's part of it but the Razr series would have more of an impact than that.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:47 1

15. LiudvikasLTU (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)

Lol Gingerbread 2.3.3. in the picture is like pacman and he's eating other versions :D

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 06:43

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

But actually other versions are eating Gingerbread 2.3.3 (Packman). :D

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:52 6

16. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

That's still pretty low given the amount of Android devices that are still current. ICS has been out for more than half a year and it's only on 10% of devices. I bet majority of that figure are tablets. The truth as it is.


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:56 2

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Nah. There are a lot of ICS phones out there now. The EVO LTE, a sequel to one of Sprint's best selling phones ever (so successful that they sold it pretty much up until Christmas last year) has launched, the Galaxy Nexus is on two carriers now (and not selling for 300 f**king bucks anymore) versions of the Galaxy S 2 are getting the update, and the Razr and Razr Maxx are getting it too.

Also, the S 3 is launching as we speak, which will lead to a huge jump in sales. We sold the last of our units today. Hoping to get more in by the time I work again on the 4th.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:53 4

19. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

The Galaxy Nexus has ICS, but only the GSM version is getting JB. The CDMA version has been falling far behind in updates compared to the latest build for the GSM model.

Getting the update does not count as having the update. Let's not even add in that ICS is now about to be outdated since it is over six months old and Google is already rolling out Jellybean. I think your version of "a lot" is way off here.


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:42 2

22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Wait, since when was this a discussion about Jellybean's rollout?

On the S2: what I meant is that the T-Mobile version has the update, as do some international versions, and the AT&T update is available on Kies (which is, admittedly, f**king stupid).

Also, the Razr and Razr Maxx have both had the update rolling out to them, and the update can be triggered manually by anyone who finds out about it.

I was just saying that it's reasonable to expect that most of the increase in ICS adoption has to do with the phone updates and launches in the past month, and not necessarily due to tablet updates.

Also, I would expect Jellybean adoption to pick up considerably faster than ICS adoption has been. For one, only select models will be getting ICS in the first place (due to hardware limitations; it wasn't until late last year that a good number of phones with the requisite processors and RAM began to be released). Also, ICS is a HELL of an update, with far greater UI changes than most other mobile OSes have ever even attempted. It also adds a ton of features previously exclusive to skins, so the manufacturers (who have to have skins because the carriers are assholes) have had to work on coming up with skins that work well and preserve some unique identity while not killing ICS's native functionality.

Since Jellybean offers only a very minor visual refresh and only a handful of (really cool) new features, its adoption should be a relative cakewalk, especially as more phones with ICS (or that are ICS capable) are released.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 02:23

37. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Since when was this discussion about how many phones you sold or plan to sell?

A lot of people still haven't gotten the update yet. The article mentions 10% of owners have ICS right now. Whether you want to admit it or not, that's pretty low given how old ICS is right now.

I brought up Jellybean because it supposedly fixes Android's problematic "lag." I'm sure a lot of Android owners would benefit from Project Butter, p.s. a stupid name btw Google.

Previous Android updates weren't as major as ICS but they still took forever to get to many phones that were capable of them.


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:11 1

25. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Hallelujah. He's returned.
It's a real shame that even though Android devices don't get updates as often, iOS 6 still isn't as good as Android 2.0 Eclair. Go play with your little iPhone, silly child.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 02:29

38. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

If you have to compare your device to an OS iteration that hasn't been released, you must not be a happy Fandroid.


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 15:03 1

36. K.O.U.R.O.S (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Welcome back to the ifan clubs....
The legend

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 14:59 1

35. K.O.U.R.O.S (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Cm-punk u was banned. Looks like ur unbanned, or different name....
Another $he?p.....

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:04 1

18. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)

8 months in, and only at 10%?

I'm glad that I have a Nexus, so I can get updates as they come out (what a novel concept), but this is just sad. There's more phones on Froyo that are actively accessing the Play Store than there are on ICS.

That being said, many consumers won't care that their phones don't have the newest version with the newest features. Ignorance is bliss sometimes.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:48 2

28. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

As I posted on another article, it is not sad.

Android has a very different software update model than Apple. The software is released by Google (in this case, ICS about 7-8 months ago) as a way of telling the manufacturers "This is what you need to build your devices for".

You can't expect manufacturers to have hardware ready for this software update immediately unless they have the code before hand. The fact that 7-8 months later 10% of ALL ANDROID PHONES have ICS already is actually not that bad.

The Apple software update model is much easier since Apple is releasing new products WITH the new OS and there are no other hardware companies struggling to make Apple's new OS work with their product.

It's DIFFERENT from Apple's method but that doesn't make it bad. Everyone sees it differently. Personally I would be frustrated to not have the latest updates since i'm the type of person that loves to use my phone for new s**t, and that's why I bought a Nexus.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 11:22

31. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

The way I see it is that I'm still very happy with GB on my phone. It will not go beyond GB as was announced by HTC. I can't use the face unlock as it has no secondary camera and the only thing that I would like that I don't have is the Google+ widget on ICS. Not enough to get upset about and not enough to make me want to upgrade as it is working very well for me. You don't need to have the latest version of everything to be happy with your phone.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:04

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

another thing is Samsung only making their updates available through Kies. i'm sure there's A LOT of people with the International, T-Mobile and AT&T variants of the SII that haven't bothered updating or simply didn't know an update was available.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 06:33

23. AdamLeonard (Posts: 53; Member since: 24 Aug 2011)

The increase from 7.x to 10.9% almost certainly due to shipping of HTC One X/S, HTC Evo LTE and Samsung Galaxy S3. This recent increase probably has little to due handset makers/carriers updating OSes on legacy devices and even less to do with custom ROMs.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 10:40

30. zohayb (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I'm guess sales of s3 and the fact r razr, razr maxx plus Sony Ericsson 2011 lineup apart from xperia play(for obvious reasons no point of having ics if you can't play games on it) n xperia s got ics too
3% growth just seems a bit low to me now that I listed the upgraded cellphones
Is the data accurate?? =/
10.7% of 400 million is 42.8 million
so maybe people are too lazy to update? =/

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 14:27

34. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Personally, I could care less what version of Android someone has - it is their phone and they can do as they wish with it.
Meanwhile, I have JB transitions, Google Now, JB wallpapers on my ICS 4.0.4 RAZR. My wife is jealous of phone now as she is stuck with good ole and slow SIRI.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 19:37

39. abiug.gc (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

do you know if android 4.0 + is available to LG optimus 2x

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