Ice Cream Sandwich on just 1% of Android handsets

Ice Cream Sandwich on just 1% of Android handsetsIt’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.

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 3, 2012 at 19:46

Truly shocking news....

Only one phone officially runs ICS on all units of said phone, the SG Nexus.

blizzard7  Feb. 3, 2012 at 19:58

^ What he said.

sibeer  Feb. 3, 2012 at 20:33

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.
Utter rubbish, sure they don't hold other manufacturers away till after released. The problem is that the rolling out of upgrades is down to the manufacturer and there is no real impetus to push updates for models that are no longer selling. Also pushing the "latest version" is a big risk when the apps take an age to catch up.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 3, 2012 at 20:41

Sibeer, erm...I hate to break to to you but, yes, Google do hold off on providing the other manufacturers with the source code. The non-Nexus manufacturers don't get their hands on the code until it's released as open source...

The rest of what you said is far closer to the truth.

jmarcelino  Feb. 4, 2012 at 00:43

Matt *I* hate to break it to you but other manufacturers in Google's alliance do get pre-release source code :)

One example of that is how quickly Asus managed to have Android 4 on their new tablet. It just would be possible for them to begin selling the Transformer Prime on Dec 12 if they only got the source when everyone else did, ie Nov 14.

Google obviously needs input from the hardware makers on the direction they're wiling to go hardware wise, drivers have to be written, memory technology decided, etc .

It's no surprise, Microsoft does exactly the same with PCs and again companies like HP and Dell have priviledged access to pre-release Windows versions (even parts of its source code in some cases)

equ  Feb. 4, 2012 at 15:07

Also these days a 1% of the Android Pie is a BIG number of phones (10~20 million). As the user base increases there will be more old phones handed onto Kids and relatives running older versions.
Also ICS has not had its rollout on the new handsets that will be getting it yet.... lol

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