Ice Cream Sandwich finally hits 1% of Android ecosystem

Ice Cream Sandwich finally hits 1% of Android ecosystem
The numbers weren't expected to be released until tomorrow, but Google released the new monthly statistics for the Android platform version spread today. Blah, blah, blah, Android "fragmentation"... Okay, we had to get that silliness out of the way, because you know we don't really agree that Android is "fragmented", so why bother giving time to the notion. The platform version  numbers are based on "data collected" in the last 14 days of January, though usually the only data that Google uses in this chart is device version numbers from visitors to the Android Market. 

Anyway, Ice Cream Sandwich and all its flavors has made it to a full 1% of devices, which means that 1% of the Android ecosystem is made up of the Galaxy Nexus, updated Nexus S, Asus Transformer Prime, Motorola XOOM, and various adventurous root users. Given that the Galaxy Nexus launched in time for the holidays, that doesn't seem like such a great start, especially since Google really pushed hard for major carrier partnerships with this Nexus. 

Still, that puts Android 4.x as the second smallest piece of the Android pie, just ahead of Cupcake (0.6%) and tied with Donut (1%). Gingerbread is up a few percentage points, and still makes up the majority of the ecosystem at 58.6%. Froyo comes in second with 27.8% after losing a few points to Gingerbread. Eclair rounds out the field at 7.6%. 

Overall, that means that 90.8% of the Android ecosystem is running Android 2.2 or higher. That's not terrible if you take into account that Honeycomb is relegated to the tablet world, and the final Ice Cream Sandwich code has only been available to developers since the middle of November. We were hoping for more of a switch between Froyo and Gingerbread, but maybe manufacturers are planning to jump straight to Ice Cream Sandwich. We can dream, right?

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13 Comments

1. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I wish Google and oems get their act together. 1 device getting ICS at a time and long waits is just unacceptable.

5. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

i actually am not to psyched abot ICSi dislike UI it seems like a little trony than an OS for my hand held Personal Computing Device....gonna google some more Reviews on it... but i gotta say the look doesn't seem appealing but the perks might! ... i unno let me know if you agree/disagree.

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I think its great that Google wants more people to know that the Android phone is a Android phone, Not a Galaxy S II or a Moto Droid. You can look at any IOS product and tell is Apple, but people see my wife's Evo 3D and don't even know its a Google Android device because of the OEM's skins. Now I am excited about ICS mainly because of the performance it gives the phone. I read it makes laggy phones run much smoother.

2. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

1%! Not good! Guess my G2 won't be getting updates for a long time and maybe even never. Google sucks! Good thing I have my HD7.

7. ericino

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I don't think we'll see our devices getting ICS OTA either. Fortunately, there are some very usable ROMs over at xda-developers. One even has ICS with MIUI, and it's mighty fast.

3. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Oh man ! 1 whole percent ! What doorbusting news ! Excuse me while I call CNN !

4. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

If you don't like waiting for updates, there is a simple solution: Root + flash rom I've had Ice Cream Sandwich on my year old HTC Desire HD for nearly a month

11. stealthd unregistered

In other words your only solution is to void your warranty.

12. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

Well, if you want timely updates without flashing roms, you need a nexus phone. If not, you usually have to wait some months for your phone to get updated. I was also scared that rooting would brick my phone, but I have not experienced a single issue so far :)

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

soo..does this mean there's already around 2,5 million galaxy nexuses out there? ( giving the fact that there's around 270 million android devices in use)

8. ericino

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I think they also count rooted devices running ICS. Not quite sure how many of us exist though, would love to see a number on that :)

9. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

We probably shouldn't count the differences between small release upgrades like 2.3 to 2.3.3. I mean, we care how many windows users are using windows 7 to XP, but does it really matter if they are on sp2 or sp3?. Major releases are the only items that should be shown i.e. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3.... 3.0. Granted, that only gets rid of 2 versions listed on this chart. Google should probably stop making early versions available to new devices only allowing the last 2 iterations to be available at any one time for use. No new devices running 2.2

13. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

I see what you mean, but you have to remember that this information is primarily for developers, and there are some minor differences in API's between small versions, such as 2.3 and 2.3.3. For non-developers, I agree that it would be easier to see differences if the minor upgrades are not included :)

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