7.1% of Android users have now tasted Ice Cream Sandwich
2nd Jun 2012 | 15:07
Usage of the latest Android OS growing as the entire Android user base climbs
As of June 1, the reach of the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, has more than doubled in two months time.
According to a post on Google's Android Developers website, Ice Cream Sandwich (otherwise known as Android 4.0,) runs on 7.9 percent of all Android devices.
Another post from the beginning of April pegged the distribution of ICS at only 2.9 percent
While Froyo and Eclair (Android 2.2 and 2.1) have lost a few users, ICS devices don't appear to cannibalize sales of other Android devices.
In fact, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) actually expanded its user base by 1.3 percent alongside the growth of ICS.
These statistics not only confirm the continued expansion of the smartphone and tablet market, but allude to continued dominant footing for Android devices.
In 2011, 44 percent of smartphones were running Android and 23 percent were running iOS.
If Analysts Ovum is right, the recent uptick in ICS adoption is just the beginning of Android's 24.9 percent market share expansion between 2011 and 2017.
Although claims that ICS could run on any smartphone built for Android 2.3 (it can, poorly), the company has been wise to limit the roll-out of Android 4.0 to newer devices with more memory, more feature-oriented hardware, and faster processors.
Sony, LG, Asus, and Viewsonic also intend to bring ICS to their current-gen smartphones.
The state of Android is strong, it seems, and getting stronger. For Google, the Android platform, and Ice Cream Sandwich, it's a Breyers market.