Ice Cream Sandwich adoption takes an upturn

Ice Cream Sandwich adoption takes an upturn
As is usual for the Android ecosystem, there has been a pretty slow adoption rate for the newest system update, Ice Cream Sandwich, but it looks like we may be getting ready for the upturn and the new numbers are showing the biggest jump yet. The updates had been moving pretty slowly, with Android 4.0 making up only 0.6% of the platform in January, 1% of the ecosystem back in February and 1.6% last month

This month, Ice Cream Sandwich has made it to 2.9% of the Android ecosystem, which marks about an 80% increase over last month. That's the biggest jump the update has made yet. And, it's only going to get faster over the next couple months. Given that the update is getting pushed out to some of the most popular handsets out there like the Samsung Galaxy S II, as well as leaks pointing to handsets like the Motorola RAZR, REZOUND, MAXX, Sony Xperia handsets and various AT&T handsets

If even a few of those updates get rolled out this month, we'd expect ICS to more than double its platform presence by the time the numbers come out in May. 

Of course, ICS isn't the only version of Android out there. Gingerbread is up 3.7% to 65.7% of the platform. Froyo and Eclair continued to slide, down just a bit each to 23.1% and 6% respectively.

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47 Comments

38. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Running AOKP 4.0.4 rom on my vibrant and sgs2...like this rom more than MIUI...stock ICS rocks.

7. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

This is why I get the best phones, cause when next OS comes out you get that OS quickly. : )

10. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

O so you get the iPhone. I kid I kid

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*snort* good one. :P But really, the Razr and the Rezound (as well as the Vivid) are getting ICS about five months after their release. That's faster than the iPhone gets its latest version, which is always at least a year after its release.

26. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Well it always on the newest build though. While for those five month the rezoned isn't.

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Fair enough, but that's why the Nexus series exists. Like I told Taco, I take the slower update schedule as an acceptable tradeoff for the increased choice and greater cost effectiveness Android offers.

28. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Hey to each his own I prefer the faster updates but can understand while some people would rather wait for more choice. Its why I love the nexus series and would prefer if I buy an android again(very likely) that it be a nexus. I don't want to switch carriers is my problem and if it doesn't come to verizion then that would suck.

30. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Wait, since when do you buy Android? I always thought you were an iPhone guy. If Motorola made a Nexus phone I'd be all over that s**t. Much respect to Samsung, but Motorolas are usually tougher and get much better signal strength. And really, though I love the Note I won, there are many things I still prefer about Motorola's software skin. You know, the one formerly known as Motoblur. :P

31. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I second that! A Moto Nexus would kick butt!

37. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Well ihad a couple of androids in my past most recently the thunderbolt which i returned. The 4 is the only iphone i ever had. And i would buy a moto nexus in a second if it had the maxx batery.

44. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I would buy a phone that comes with full day of heavy usage that's not bulky (hope we see that this year) *-*

3. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Just you wait until the Galaxy S3 and Nexus tablet drops.

6. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Adoption rate should go up drastically. But at that point Jellybean won't be too far away lol.

2. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well iOS doesn't vary nearly as much as Android in terms of hardware (and carrier update decisions) so Apple can get timely updates out whenever they want. Overseas, Android phones are going to get updated soon, but in the US, carriers control everything except the phone's manufacturing.

5. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Android really does need to get control back from the carriers over updates. Like iOS has.

1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This is one of the big reasons I prefer iPhone. I like to have my phone supported and get timely updates.

4. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Completely agree having the stock UI supported by the maker of the os aka nexus/iphone is really nice. If I were to jump ship to android I would prefer a nexus for this very reason.

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I prefer Android, because it's better. :)

9. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

It's not better its different. Meant for different type of people with different needs. Taco hasn't been so bad yet lets give him a break till he is... This is a valid point.

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No, I didn't say it to aggravate him. But I stand corrected...your right, it's just different. What I should have said was "All things considered, I still think Android is a better fit for me."

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

O.. I thought it was a jest. In that case your second statement I can agree with.

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

thanks for the mindless trolling.... I cant press report harder

14. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

O come on the iPhone does get timely updates and is a valid reason to like the phone.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I know that. the iPhone gets timely updates, but his comment was not about that. his comment is mostly hate towards android "the inferior OS" 1. Android phones get support, manufacturers send out builds that improve performance fix bugs and sometimes add new features.... just because its not on ICS does not mean your phone is not supported or that they don't give a **** 2. like I said before fatal bugs are fixed in many manufacturer personal updates witch is nearly the same as having a new OS with that bug fixed, also android phones trend to get updates with all the features the OS includes, unlike iOS that sends you a "new OS" that has nearly none of the marketed features on older devices, and some cases even make the phone operation worst than it used to be before. so why should we brag about the OS version on my phone when I can't enjoy a thing other iPhones will enjoy, almost the same as getting no new version updates

17. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

None of the marketed features? I have an iPhone 4 the only feature I didn't get was siri. They try and do that to make the experience smooth by not including tasks the older devices can't handle. If your android phone can't handle a new feature its either laggy with the new os or doesn't get the new os. Sure apple abuses it the ip4 can handle siri but they needed to give people a reason to buy the new phone. It sucks but at least your phone is updated with a bunch of new features on it. And not to mention the bug fixes come faster and the major updates are faster and older phones get updated longer because of what I just talked about. You may not like apples approach but you have to understand why some people prefer it. Some people just don't want to wait half a year for their phone to be updated to the newest os when their phone is high end and may not even come with the newest os pre installed.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I personally do no dislike their approach at all... also can you list all of the features on iOS 5 all i can remember is: -Siri -Notification Bar -Lockscreen so you got 2/3 of the new features when you buy a Samsung HTC or Motorola phone with their custom interface you will see they already posses features included on ICS, maybe not implemented the same way as ICS but already there for example -Improved Lock screen sense, and TW (havent seen blur in a while) already had those features added (music playback, faster access to camera and notifications etc) -Better selection tools including some 2.2 devices most devices already had non stock selection tools that beat the stock android by a long shot and now are on pair with the new one -Photo edition tools TW and sense already include photo editing tools -Support for rerizeable widgets and scroll able widgets already there for quite some time -Improved camera with new features and settings all skins offer lots of camera features from bust mode panorama and other googles -social contact application is there on all skins now a stock feature -hardware acceleration not there -better typography tools not there if I'm not mistaken non updated devices have around 6/8 of the things i have talked about. the core interference is that when apple rolls out a new feature, no official device possesses the feature, this is different in android because sometimes manufacturers are already looking into adding features of their own before Google thinks about implementing it also manufacturers update and fix bugs too, they don't have new android builds but they keep supporting their devices with. Google an apple point different ways when it comes to updates, its why they cant be compared of deemed inferior one from another. for example the S gingerbread special package will carry ICS features and Samsung is implementing a better way for face recognition to be even more secure on a device that will not have a software version called 4.X by any chance

25. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

More on this later but 2/3 new features? Lol there is way more the two features... Imessage, widgets, reminder app, camera button, photo editing tools, ota updates, newsstand, twitter integration, improved safari, wifi sync, airplay. Thats a lot and their is more too.

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well i remember those 3. My point is Android phones trend to have features not included in stock Android, devices come with added features and enhancements.

42. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

to make it short 1. unlike both windows phone and iOS android offer a somewhat personal experience instead of a somewhat generic experience. no iOS device will run features not found on iOS 5, with android android phones will have features that do not exist in the 4.x user experience. 2.there is a device that gets you the latest updates, so you can choose. you want an "enhanced" experience on your android phone or you want the newest OS version as fast as possible. both choices exist on the android ecosystem yet only one exist on the other. I know sometimes im rather redundant, but i hope i made my point a bit more clear now

46. DarkOverDroid

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

YThis is not meant to start an argument but, your comment about your iPhone 4 not getting siri because the older hardware can't handle it, or whatnot, isn't true at all. I also have an iPhone 4, and have successfully ported siri over to it. It runs flawless. Just as it does on the iPhone 4s. The reason Apple didn't include it in the iOS 5 update is because it was/is a major selling gimmick for the 4s. If they would have supplied Siri to the users of the older iPhone 4, then they wouldn't have a(so-called) revolutionary feature to cause people to spend the night in front their stores waiting to buy the next minor improvement. Yes, they did give the 4s a dual core processor but, it's still under clocked to 800mhz, (Seriously...lmao) for battery conservation, so they say. Good camera, yes, can't argue with that. Still, all minor improvements. High end Android devices that compete with iOS devices are way ahead of Apple in terms of.....Well, pretty much everything. Apple may have started something with the capacitive screens but, Palm, HTC/with Windows Mobile, and RIM, started the smartphone and touchscreen revolution. Apple and Google just improved upon the technology. IOS was kinda awesome in it's heyday but, it now is outdated and needs to be revised badly. If it doesn't get an overhaul within the next year or so, Apple will be headed towards a downhill slope, and the iPhone will revert back to where it originated, an iPod. iOS is boring yet overly simplified, and so damned locked down that even after jail breaking, it's still handicapped against Android. Apple is a very nice hardware and software company, and my thoughts are, if they would get their heads out of their asses, and lighten up on iOS as far as not being so locked down and limited. They would most certainly squash Android. Sadly, I don't think we'll ever see this happen. Just my 2ยข. Android isn't the toy like O.S that iOS users that tried it in it's infancy thought. With Android devices being updated to Android version 4 (aka, Icecream Sandwich:)) It has become a very powerful O.S that is constantly surpassing iOS more & more with each update. Another thing I would like to bring up to those that like to claim that iOS devices are supported for a longer period than Androids. You may or may not be correct on that but, I would like to point out that, with the Android devices

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