Android 4.0 user 'surge' tells its own story

Android 4.0 user 'surge' tells its own storyCan you believe it's June already? Google probably can't, judging by long it's taking for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to get any kind of momentum going.

Well, it seems like the wheels are finally turning (slowly), and the latest generation of Google's mobile OS is now present on 7.1% of all Android devices.

Whether by coincidence or design, the breakdown of Android market share until now has followed a roughly similar pattern: as soon as the current version becomes the most common in circulation, the next generation of Android is introduced.

It's helped Google just about maintain an uneasy balance between evolution and fragmentation as the platform has developed.

With Ice Cream Sandwich, however, that's all gone out the window. It was first unveiled back in October 2011, and yet eight months later new phones are still coming out with Gingerbread on board, while ICS updates have also been frustratingly slow in emerging. In other words, despite Google having slowed its six-monthly release cycle for new versions of Android, fragmentation is actually worse than ever.

The figures tell their own story: the Android developer hub has Ice Cream Sandwich running on 7.1% of all Android devices at the end of May, with Gingerbread (65%) and even Froyo (19%) still far more common.

It says it all that Android 4.0's share is actually being reported as a massive increase: just two months ago ICS was only present on 2.9% of Android devices.

Now obviously Android's massive explosion in popularity over the last year or so means the existing Android user base was much bigger when ICS launched than was the case with any previous version of the OS, but Froyo still having nearly three times its market share eight months later? Come on...

Via Engadget

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 2, 2012 at 14:45

Martin... tssk, tssk...
It's NOT "fragmentation" - it's "differentiation" - cool, fresh expression of consumer choicefulness :p

dwee  Jun. 2, 2012 at 15:43

clearly this is a problem with many, many users being stuck in 24 month contracts, obviously not all of which will have been taken on phones at the bleeding edge.

As such, many Android users are on contract with phones which couldn't even support ICS, and others where the manufacturer has chosen to not yet offer the update.

This recent c. 4% 'explosion' in ICS uptake is more than likely due to new contracts, and is likely to truly explode as the ridiculously popular galaxy SII's get replaced by SIII's

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 2, 2012 at 17:09

clearly this is a problem with many, many users being stuck in 24 month contracts, obviously not all of which will have been taken on phones at the bleeding edge.

As such, many Android users are on contract with phones which couldn't even support ICS, and others where the manufacturer has chosen to not yet offer the update.

This recent c. 4% 'explosion' in ICS uptake is more than likely due to new contracts, and is likely to truly explode as the ridiculously popular galaxy SII's get replaced by SIII's


Yep.
There are new phones coming over the next few months that'll 'sport' Gingerbread LOL
If RIM released a BB with OS6 now or Nokia a Symbian S60 5th all would be LOL

martinjjames / MOD  Jun. 5, 2012 at 19:19

Martin... tssk, tssk...
It's NOT "fragmentation" - it's "differentiation" - cool, fresh expression of consumer choicefulness :p


Choicefulness schmoicefulness :p

Last night I opened the fridge and saw three different bottles of milk sitting there. For a moment I basked in the enlightened glow of "differentiation" (well, OK, it was the light from the fridge), but then I realised that two of the three were out of date and should have been binned ages ago.

Hmmm, that sounded better in my head :)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 5, 2012 at 21:28

fragmented milk brrrrrrrrrrrr

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