Number of Ice Cream Sandwich devices goes up a wee bit

Number of Ice Cream Sandwich devices goes up a wee bitWe’ve been patiently awaiting a distribution update from Android Developers for what feels like aaaaages. Last we heard, as of March 5, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) was on just 1.6% of all Android devices.

The latest figures show that Ice Cream Sandwich's share has crept up a tad, to 2.9%. Hey, that’s almost one in thirty Android users. Ahem.

The new figures are based – as always – on visits to Google Play over a 14-day period, this time ending April 2.

So what’s happened since the last report? Well, Ice Cream Sandwich has finally been made available to Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation owners. Lucky bar stewards.

Here’s the version breakdown in full:

  • Cupcake (1.5) – 0.3%
  • Donut (1.6) – 0.7%
  • Eclair (2.1) – 6.0%
  • Froyo (2.2) – 23.1%
  • Gingerbread (2.3) -  63.7%
  • Honeycomb (3.0-3.2) – 3.3%
  • Ice Cream Sandwich – 2.9%

My calculator confirms that those numbers add up to 100. I’m happy.

The Ice Cream Sandwich figure should – all going well – be significantly higher by the time the next report is released. The HTC One X and One S, for example, are released at the end of this week.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:05

I installed ICS on a colleague's Archos G9 - it's just as sucky as it was on HC ;)

Maybe it helps on high-end devices; but it won't help polish the proverbial t*rd :p

jmarcelino  Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:13

Interesting that since the last numbers:


http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx203/gkpm/Platform-Versions-Android-Developers-e1331010648625.png

The ICS gains seem to have come from older versions pre-Gingerbread.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:25

I installed ICS on a colleague's Archos G9 - it's just as sucky as it was on HC ;)

Maybe it helps on high-end devices; but it won't help polish the proverbial t*rd :p

Jan, as I tweeted to you the other day, ICS has made my S2 worse...it's slower, less responsive and crashes way more frequently than it used to on ICS. So even on high end devices ICS isn't helping.

In all honesty, I think there's something fundamentally wrong with the coding of ICS, which makes it buggier and slower than GB was.

Treab  Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:50

I installed ICS on a colleague's Archos G9 - it's just as sucky as it was on HC ;)

Maybe it helps on high-end devices; but it won't help polish the proverbial t*rd :p

Jan, as I tweeted to you the other day, ICS has made my S2 worse...it's slower, less responsive and crashes way more frequently than it used to on ICS. So even on high end devices ICS isn't helping.

In all honesty, I think there's something fundamentally wrong with the coding of ICS, which makes it buggier and slower than GB was.


or maybe its because you used a version of ICS which wasn't released?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 13:09

It was released, it's the official O2 UK release, worryingly. The official 3 UK release was even worse, it was pretty much beta firmware. A bit of friendly advice, if you get the option for an ICS update, let me know first and I'll look into what it's actually based on. If it's what the O2 or 3 firmwares are based on your best off sticking with GB.

Treab  Apr. 3, 2012 at 13:25

This is t-mobile matt... i can't guarantee it will ever arrive... price rises will (i got a letter informing me they are rising the cost in may... only 4 months after i start hay boys)

blizzard7  Apr. 3, 2012 at 13:29

It was released, it's the official O2 UK release, worryingly. The official 3 UK release was even worse, it was pretty much beta firmware. A bit of friendly advice, if you get the option for an ICS update, let me know first and I'll look into what it's actually based on. If it's what the O2 or 3 firmwares are based on your best off sticking with GB.

I've just installed the official ICS update for my Sensation. It's a buggy crash-fest piece of poo. Literally open ANYTHING, and when you back out, it'll crash the homescreen and it has to reload. I've since formatted the phone and it's calmed down and I haven't had a crash yet, but it makes you wonder how they can take so long and not properly test this thing.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 14:50

What Sony spill about ICS for the Xperia line

Sony also notes that the resource usage in ICS is sometimes heavier when compared to Android 2.3

with 340MB of RAM out of 512MB being reserved for the Linux user space in Ice Cream Sandwich, heavy RAM usage might become a bit of a problem sometimes

via Softpedia

blizzard7  Apr. 3, 2012 at 15:15

It was released, it's the official O2 UK release, worryingly. The official 3 UK release was even worse, it was pretty much beta firmware. A bit of friendly advice, if you get the option for an ICS update, let me know first and I'll look into what it's actually based on. If it's what the O2 or 3 firmwares are based on your best off sticking with GB.

I've just installed the official ICS update for my Sensation. It's a buggy crash-fest piece of poo. Literally open ANYTHING, and when you back out, it'll crash the homescreen and it has to reload. I've since formatted the phone and it's calmed down and I haven't had a crash yet, but it makes you wonder how they can take so long and not properly test this thing.


On closer inspection, it may have actually been my fault it was so buggy. I rerooted, unlocked and SuperCID'd again and it runs as fast as Gingerbread now with all the bells and whistles.

Pondlife  Apr. 3, 2012 at 19:30

Reports I've heard are that it's faster, seems that way on mine with custom rom but that doesn't have full functionality so went back to gb. ICS looks so lovely though.
Biggest surprise for me is amount still using Cupcake, Donut and Eclair, low percentage wise on the whole but still a lot a people.

MDrX  Apr. 3, 2012 at 21:22

I'm quite enjoying ICS on my Touchpad. Although using my cat's litter tray as a tablet would have been better than Ginger Bread.

Do you think it is fair to take these figures as representative of the US market or are there billions of devices in China running 1.1?
US figures show Android at 50% of the market over there. Great news for Google. Not so good if 30% of those are still on FroYo and below

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/04/03/android-tops-50-ios-hits-30-in-u-s-smartphone-installed-user-base/

5 months after ICS source was released to the public and it still isn't readily available to everyone with 2011's flagship Android phone. That'd drive me nuts.

blizzard7  Apr. 3, 2012 at 22:25

I'm quite enjoying ICS on my Touchpad. Although using my cat's litter tray as a tablet would have been better than Ginger Bread.

Do you think it is fair to take these figures as representative of the US market or are there billions of devices in China running 1.1?
US figures show Android at 50% of the market over there. Great news for Google. Not so good if 30% of those are still on FroYo and below

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/04/03/android-tops-50-ios-hits-30-in-u-s-smartphone-installed-user-base/

5 months after ICS source was released to the public and it still isn't readily available to everyone with 2011's flagship Android phone. That'd drive me nuts.


That number is smartphone subscribers, so I'm assuming that means share of people linked to contracts. Most people on Froyo and lower will not be on contracts.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 22:39

I'm quite enjoying ICS on my Touchpad. Although using my cat's litter tray as a tablet would have been better than Ginger Bread.

Do you think it is fair to take these figures as representative of the US market or are there billions of devices in China running 1.1?
US figures show Android at 50% of the market over there. Great news for Google. Not so good if 30% of those are still on FroYo and below

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/04/03/android-tops-50-ios-hits-30-in-u-s-smartphone-installed-user-base/

5 months after ICS source was released to the public and it still isn't readily available to everyone with 2011's flagship Android phone. That'd drive me nuts.


That number is smartphone subscribers, so I'm assuming that means share of people linked to contracts. Most people on Froyo and lower will not be on contracts.


Also, I bet that doesn't include SIM only contracts which are being used in a smartphone, just contracts that were sold with a smartphone included in the package.

krogothnx  Apr. 4, 2012 at 10:13

Reports I've heard are that it's faster, seems that way on mine with custom rom but that doesn't have full functionality so went back to gb. ICS looks so lovely though.
Biggest surprise for me is amount still using Cupcake, Donut and Eclair, low percentage wise on the whole but still a lot a people.


i've never owned an android device for longer than a week that had an os version above eclair.

sup.

MDrX  Apr. 4, 2012 at 10:44

Hmm, considering you can still get 2.1 on AT&T's site, American contracts are all for 2 years and even the mediocre phones cost a fortune. Data covering the last two years in a country where 2.1 is still available.. They're not exactly ahead of the game.

Does sim-free make up a significant proportion? Either way they'll be swallowed up in the throng of 2.3 or make up the ICS figure and will have little impact

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