Android Jelly Bean in Q3?

Android Jelly Bean in Q3?According to the latest figures from Android Developers, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is running on just 1.6% of Android smartphones. That’s based on Google Play visits over a 14-day period ending March 5.

However, with less than one in 50 people currently rocking the latest version of Android, we’re already looking ahead to Jelly Bean, and Digitimes’ sources reckon it’s coming in Q3.

The sources note: “The rapid shift of OS may not be healthy for the development of the Android ecosystem.” I think that pretty much goes without saying, man.

Interestingly, the sources put the number of Ice Cream Sandwich devices at 2-3%, a tad higher than Google’s own estimate. It’s not clear where the sources’ figures come from, of course. A dartboard is my guess.

In any case, the number of smartphones shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich is set to increase significantly in Q2. In April, HTC will launch its quad-core flagship - the One X, alongside the One S and One V.

We’ve also got the LG Optimus 4X HD and Huawei Ascend D1 Quad on the way, among others.

Existing phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensations have started getting Ice Cream Sandwich, while others – like the Motorola RAZR – will have to wait till Q2. Hey, that’s potentially just one quarter ahead of Jelly Bean. Brilliant.

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mrew42  Mar. 23, 2012 at 14:19

That 1.6% is pre the rollout for HTC & Samsung etc so I expect to see that number go flying up quite rapidly. The 2-3% has a huge margin for error so is obviously just a complete guess. IMO

jmarcelino  Mar. 23, 2012 at 23:53

I'm not so sure about the "number go flying up" bit.

At least the Samsung update needs Kies and I don't know a single non-techy user who even has Kies installed. The few I asked didn't seem that interested either since they don't know of any actual advantage the upgrade brings.

Actually, what are the advantages? Maybe worth a mobot article. I only know vanilla ICS and have no clue about this TouchWiz flavoured ICS.

onlineo  Mar. 24, 2012 at 10:37

These figures are way off. When I get a new phone I probably put new apps on it once or twice a week for 2 months. Many others do similar. After that I rarely visit the Marketplace/play store, possibly once every 2-4 months. There is a much large % of people with olders versions of the OS than these figures suggest.

mrew42  Mar. 24, 2012 at 11:16

Even if you don't actually open the store apply, your phone will do background connects to see if there are any application updates and you can bet your bottom dollar that most people's phones will do that.

mrew42  Mar. 24, 2012 at 11:16

Even if you don't actually open the store apply, your phone will do background connects to see if there are any application updates and you can bet your bottom dollar that most people's phones will do that.

onlineo  Mar. 24, 2012 at 18:13

Even if you don't actually open the store apply, your phone will do background connects to see if there are any application updates and you can bet your bottom dollar that most people's phones will do that.

I totally overlooked that fact!

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