Can 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...