It’s the problem that just won’t go away: Android is well and truly fragmented like a mother humper.
The Android Developer chaps have posted fresh stats on Android fragmentation (sorry – distribution), and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) appears on a paltry 1% of devices. Incredibly, that’s the same as Donut (Android 1.6).
As always, the figures have been pulled from visits to the Android Market over a two-week period – ending February 1 on this occasion.
Ice Cream Sandwich was revealed alongside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus last October, and the duo went on sale in Europe the following month. Two-and-half months later, just one in every hundred Android users is rocking Ice Cream Sandwich.
Here’s the damage in full:
- Cupcake (Android 1.5) – 0.6%
- Donut – 1%
- Eclair (Android 2.1) – 7.6%
- Froyo (Android 2.2) – 27.8%
- Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – 58.6%
- Honeycomb (Android 3.0) – 3.4%
- Ice Cream Sandwich – 1%
It took Gingerbread almost a year to surpass 50%, by which point Ice Cream Sandwich was already out and about.
Part of the problem is: new versions of Android are developed in secret alongside the chosen manufacturer of the latest flagship, leaving other manufacturers months behind when it’s finally released. Silly.