Huzzah! Android Ice Cream Sandwich cracks the 10% mark

Huzzah! Android Ice Cream Sandwich cracks the 10% markAndroid Jelly Bean may be on everyone's mind right now thanks to the Asus Nexus 7 announcement, but out in the real world, the vast majority of Android users are still waiting for their first taste of the previous version of the Google OS – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

How big has the Android fragmentation problem become? Big enough that Google doesn't really want to talk about it. But it says a lot that Ice Cream Sandwich is in the news for finally now hitting double figures – yes, that's a mighty 10% – of the Android user base.

That's the headline stat from the latest Android distribution breakdown based on the number of devices that have accessed Google Play over the 14 days ending on July 2.

The figures reveal that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now running on 10.7% of all Android devices, which to be fair is a decent improvement on the figures of 7.1% and 4.9% from previous months.

But the damning statistic remains: even now, nearly nine months after it was first announced and with a newer release already in the pipelines, Ice Cream Sandwich is still running on fewer Android devices than Gingerbread (64%) and even Froyo (17.3%).

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Pondlife  Jul. 4, 2012 at 11:22

Can't imagine anyone running Froyo expecting much support by this stage.
Can see there being quite a high starting point on JB as the Nexus 7 seems rather popular despite it's irritating limitations. ICS could actually see a dent given the Nexus phones moving to JB this month too.

If they didn't want to talk about it why publish the figures.

JayDubya  Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:33

How accurate (/valid?) are the "access to Google Play" based stats? Surely they are slewed towards newer devices?
I would expect that users on older versions have become more stable & content in the set up of their device, and less likely to be wanting to download apps etc.? Newer users are more likely to be adding new things to theirs, and perhaps even more likely to still be in that honeymoon phase with their device and "playing" with it more (rather than having stagnated back to just using it as a phone, for example).

jaybear88  Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:59

JayDubya, surely even the most "settled" user still lets their apps update themselves?

JayDubya  Jul. 4, 2012 at 13:22

jaybear88: sure, but if then you assume that apps on both old and new OS update themselves, this is a level statistic. But "manually initiated" google play interaction is surely still greater in the instances I described above?
Or am I missing the point - are the stats only based on automatic updates?
(you could argue of course, that the older versions are more likely to have more apps, so more auto-updates...).
It was just a thought.

jaybear88  Jul. 5, 2012 at 09:38

JayDubya: I would most definately agree that manually iniated accesses are more likely to be from newer devices, but I had assumed (as they say, mother of all ****ups) that they would only count each IMEI once, and it would be for every connection, automatic or otherwise. This would give a more accurate number..... but then again, if it's googles own numbers, would they really want it "accurate" if the other option gives a more successful image?

Pondlife  Aug. 2, 2012 at 13:19

If the "settled" users aren't visiting the play store they are of no interest to app developers anyway


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