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Ice Cream Sandwich installed on nearly 5% of Android devices

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Ice Cream Sandwich installed on nearly 5% of Android devices
Breaking down distribution of Android OS versions

Breaking down distribution of Android OS versions

Android Developers compiled the data over the two week period ending May 1st and has come out with its latest report on the distribution of various Android OS versions. According to the figures, the version of Android used most is Android 2.3 with a 64.4% share. Breaking that down further, 63.9% of Android devices are powered by Android 2.3.3 through 2.3.7. The percentage of Android devices stuck on Froyo is 20.9% which indicates that many of those with a Android 2.2 device are not getting updates and are waiting for their contract to expire to upgrade to a newer model.

As for the numbers that everyone wants to hear about, 4.9% of Android devices are currently running on Android 4.0 or higher. The exact distribution shows that 4.4% are powered by Android 4.0.3 and Android 4.0.4 while the remaining .5% covers Android 4.0 to Android 4.0.2. Amongst the older versions, a higher than you might have expected 5.5% are using a device with Android 2.1 aboard. Android 1.6 accounts for .7% of Android users and Android 1.5 makes up .3%. Obviously, the numbers for Android 4.0 will rise as more devices come out of the box with the latest version of Google's open source OS. Updates to currently used models will also bring up that number while reducing the share for Android 2.3. But things are progressing slowly on the update front, which is keeping penetration of Android 4.0 lower than it could have been.

The historical distribution chart shows how apps designed to run on Android 2.3.3 or higher make up nearly 75% of all Android phones, up sharply from less than 50% in November.

source: AndroidDevelopers

Android 2.3 still leads the way
Android 2.3 still leads the way

Android 2.3 still leads the way


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posted on 01 May 2012, 21:36

1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


still waiting on my SGSII E4GT.

posted on 01 May 2012, 21:47

2. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


no ICS ROMs out yet?

posted on 01 May 2012, 21:56 2

3. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


There are many ROMs but the Kernel source isn't out yet and no OTA. So the ICS ROMs out there still have minor bugs in them, but I've been on ICS for a while without having any major issues. The OTA should be soon, or at least the source.

posted on 01 May 2012, 22:18

4. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Meh. Just makes it feel that much more exclusive :P

posted on 01 May 2012, 22:21 2

5. Phaze0085 (Posts: 99; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Still waiting on ICS for the international version of the Galaxy Note.

posted on 01 May 2012, 22:50 1

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Samsung said you will be getting it this month... I think Ive read that somewhere

posted on 01 May 2012, 22:55

8. 0o0blackstar0o0 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Me too they posted the premium suit on their Facebook page again like 2 days ago so maybe it will be out soon !! :)

posted on 01 May 2012, 22:50

7. nwright94 (unregistered)


Wonder if it's official updates or counting ROM's too? I love ICS on my Kindle Fire ;)

posted on 01 May 2012, 23:59

9. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


waiting for ics on sgs2 in india. tried rooting my phone but odin failed to locate the insecure kernel i downloaded. it seems like windows on my pc is not giving access to all files to odin. does anybody know how to fix it. i tried copying the file on the desktop and all drives but odin just cant locate it

posted on 02 May 2012, 04:23

14. poojaroy (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


i got update notification on my sgs2 international version last night,i am frm delhi india.but i am not able to update it gets canceld.

posted on 02 May 2012, 07:30

18. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


My phone is still running 2.3.3 i have tried to update it to 2.3.6 a few times but failed. kies keeps saying connection timed out and it gets cancelled. i think my wifi is too slow. Can you tell me what is the new firmware code that it says is available.have you tried googling if its the ics upgrade

posted on 02 May 2012, 10:47

21. poojaroy (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


i updated to 2.3.6 three months back and last night i tried to update my phone via ota i saw a notification (its like a tick mark in notification )but when i try updating it says connection failed but this tick mark things new notification i hve not seen b4.may b the update is in process for india n hopefully we ll get ics in 1 or 2 days m 101% sure.even u check this tick mark thing while updating on ur phone n tell me.

posted on 02 May 2012, 11:00

22. poojaroy (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


ur wifi is too slow thats y it says timed out and through kies it takes lot of time even with me when 3 months back i updated sgs2 from 2.3.3 to 2.3.6 via kies it took lot of time many time canceled at 90% download but after several try i was able to download and thers nothing major change in this update very minute changes ull not know even its all same

posted on 02 May 2012, 12:22

23. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


I went to settings>abou phone>software update and when i pressed check for updates it says that' no updates available'. even when i'm running 2.3.3 and 2.3.6 is available and kies shows it. thats just poor from samsung. i get a red and white two sided arrow on the top left corner whenever i change the sim on my phone. though it goes away in some time.

posted on 02 May 2012, 14:58

28. poojaroy (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


ther is tick mark on a white and green two sided arrow on the top left corner u didnt see it means the update is available

posted on 02 May 2012, 01:32 4

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Jesus 6 months later it's on 5% of devices. That's terrible.

posted on 02 May 2012, 02:44 4

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Which is funny since Jellybean is on its way soon. So much for the agreement on updating Android phones in a timely manner, assuming there was one to begin with.

posted on 02 May 2012, 08:55

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


Ohhh taco... I thought you were supposed to leave?

I'm sad to see i'm wrong...

posted on 02 May 2012, 22:39

38. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh, you expected taco to actually honor his bets?

oh no.. if he won, he would be going ballistic if i was still here, and calling me names from the hilltops. if i left, he would .. well be doing pretty much the same.

posted on 02 May 2012, 23:20

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Samsung lost get off the site

posted on 03 May 2012, 07:08

42. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


hey, arent you the troll that tells everyone else to get off apple related articles..

what does apple have to do with ICS?

And you have it backwards.. apple lost. you are literally the only fool on the internet that thinks apple won.

posted on 02 May 2012, 23:20

41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's not that important. We're a bunch of anonymous guys commenting on smartphone articles, get over it.

posted on 03 May 2012, 07:09

43. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


honesty and honor are important. That bet went on and was touted by both him and me for nearly 6 months. I even offered him ways out of the bet days before the samsung/apple reports dropped but he promised he would stick to it.

you are only as good as your word.

posted on 02 May 2012, 01:55

11. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


still waiting for official ICS for SGSII in PAkistan and Dubai.

posted on 02 May 2012, 03:43

13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Tasty pic, yummy :p

posted on 02 May 2012, 06:20 1

16. MtDewFella (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


If you look at the pie chart for android versions from last yearhttp://www.mobile88.com/news/read.asp?file=/2011/5 /4/20110504114014&sec=/ you'll see that in gingerbread adoption at the time was 4%, which means we are seeing a slightly faster rate of adoption in ICS, if past charts are any indicator we should be seeing an exponential growth in ICS in the coming months.

Also it's only been 5 months, the source code was released at the end of November not the begining. You could also argue it's been 4 months if you don't count December (I don't because oem's and retailers are busy with holiday shopping season and vacations/breaks to be bothered with a new version of android.

posted on 02 May 2012, 08:25

19. hfd1113 (Posts: 7; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Phones that use a so called skin should allow the skin to run on top of Android 4.0.

posted on 02 May 2012, 15:49 1

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


andthey still released phones with Gingerbread.. like the LG Viper.. and so many more... that wil never change as Samsung slowy updating their phone..we are months from Jelly Bean and the Galaxy S2 stuck on 2.3

posted on 02 May 2012, 20:13

31. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


i got today ics update for my s2
ics is very bad !
dont install it
the s2 is now a bad phone
very very bad

posted on 02 May 2012, 22:37

37. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if you really got an ICS update, then i would say make sure you master reset and then let it sit for about 10 minutes to settle in.

posted on 02 May 2012, 22:37

36. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what i think is funny, is that im willing to bet that 2% is complete XDA hacking, and the bulk of the rest are the Nexus and SGS2's as they get official upgrades. lol

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