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.