We may have just been treated to a new serving of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but according to Google, Ice Cream Sandwich still hasn’t made it to the majority of handsets. Despite being announced last year, it’s taken a number of months for both ICS updates and devices to launch running a 4.0 version of Google’s mobile OS.
The jump from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich was a significant link when compared to the move from ICS to the newly announced Jelly Bean. ICS amalgamated the mobile prowess of Gingerbread with the tablet friendly nature of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Despite the significant improvements available from the OS, over 60% of all active Android devices are still using Gingerbread, since ICS launched last November.
|2.3 - 2.3.2||Gingerbread||0.4%|
|2.3.3 - 2.3.7||Gingerbread||63.6%|
|4.0 - 4.0.2||Ice Cream Sandwich||0.2%|
|4.0.3 - 4.0.4||Ice Cream Sandwich||10.7%|
The data, which is based on devices accessing the Google Play store across a 14 day period up until July 2nd, lists 63.3% of devices running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 - 4.0.4) devices at 10.7%, losing out not only to Gingerbread but Froyo devices too, with 17.3%.
Interestingly enough, the remaining contingent of active Android devices includes those running OS builds as far back as Android 1.5 Cupcake, although they do only account for a mere 0.2%.
With the impending launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from the end of this month, the fragmentation is only going to get worse, however its release should help focus OEMs into release ICS device updates for their key handsets to add longevity to them in an attempt to keep users happy. An action which both Samsung, HTC and Sony have already committed to carrying out.