Ice Cream Sandwich pushing 16% as Jelly Bean arrives

Ice Cream Sandwich pushing 16% as Jelly Bean arrivesThe chaps at Android Developers have published the latest Android distribution figures, and it’s a familiar tale of things being, well, a bit all over the place.

Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) continues its slow climb through the teens, but that’s offset by the arrival of the spanking new Jelly Bean (Android 4.1).

The latest figures are based on visits to Google Play over the two-week period ending August 1.

The last time we looked at the stats (around a month ago), Ice Cream Sandwich had finally hit double figures. It’s now on an estimated 15.9% of Android devices.

Interestingly, Jelly Bean is already at 0.8% - accounting for almost one in every hundred Android users. That seems helluva high considering it’s only available on a small handful of devices. Hmm.

Needless to say, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) remains utterly dominant, at 60.6%. Of course, there are still Android handsets being released with Gingerbread, as opposed to the latest – or even second latest – version of Android.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. We recently heard that HTC Desire HD users will be left on Gingerbread, while Xperia 2011 users appear to have peaked at Ice Cream Sandwich.

Anyways, here’s the current breakdown:

  • Cupcake (Android 1.5) – 0.2%
  • Donut (Android 1.6) – 0.5%
  • Eclair (Android 2.1) – 4.2%
  • Froyo (Android 2.2) – 15.5%
  • Gingerbread – 60.6%
  • Honeycomb (Android 3.1-3.2) – 2.3%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich – 15.9%
  • Jelly Bean – 0.8%

via: Android Developers

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 2, 2012 at 13:41

Interesting that nearly 1/100 Android devices are running JB. That's extremely high considering it's only available (officially) on the: Nexus 7, Nexus S and GSM Galaxy Nexus.

I think the operative word in all of that is "officially". CyanogenMod 10 has been released in almost totally working forms for both the SGS2 and SGS3, two of the most popular Android devices. Codeworkx has said that the S2 is the most popular CM device, so the fact CM10 is working almost perfectly on it, probably has a lot to do with the relatively high JB figure.

geekeh  Aug. 2, 2012 at 13:47

Basing it on unique visits too google play would seem to me to always show an unreasonable bias in favour of a new OS upgrade. Since OS updates always spark a rash of software updates, compatibility fixes etc. That may not be applicable to or even visible to people on older versions of the OS. People on the cutting edge are also, always going to be more active in general.

Frankly the way that updates on android are handled is awful. The OS needs to be more modular, so that functionality, UI and security updates can be made available to everyone, irrespective of specific hardware support. (as long as they hit basic, minimum specifications) Because clearly relying on the manufacturers to support their year old hardware and develop, much less roll out updates in a remotely timely manner just doesn't work. I mean ICS is nearly a year old, and not only are we still waiting for updates on a load of popular devices, but new hardware is still being released that only supports gingerbread.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 2, 2012 at 14:00

Basing it on unique visits too google play would seem to me to always show an unreasonable bias in favour of a new OS upgrade. Since OS updates always spark a rash of software updates, compatibility fixes etc. That may not be applicable to or even visible to people on older versions of the OS. People on the cutting edge are also, always going to be more active in general.

Frankly the way that updates on android are handled is awful. The OS needs to be more modular, so that functionality, UI and security updates can be made available to everyone, irrespective of specific hardware support. (as long as they hit basic, minimum specifications) Because clearly relying on the manufacturers to support their year old hardware and develop, much less roll out updates in a remotely timely manner just doesn't work. I mean ICS is nearly a year old, and not only are we still waiting for updates on a load of popular devices, but new hardware is still being released that only supports gingerbread.

On the other hand, people who care about updates, get the latest versions for themselves. Those who don't care, it doesn't affect.

For example, I'm running 4.1.1 on my S2, but I bet it'll be a good 6 months before Samsung offer the same update (if they offer it at all).

9El9Nino9  Aug. 2, 2012 at 15:09

Interesting that nearly 1/100 Android devices are running JB. That's extremely high considering it's only available (officially) on the: Nexus 7, Nexus S and GSM Galaxy Nexus.

what about a "gedified" Xoom :P
their fairly "official" and i know they've shipped plenty of those resently on hotukdeals :P

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