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[center][b][size=5]ICS reaches 2.9 percent of active Android devices, 63.7 percent still on Gingerbread[/size][/b]

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As we check back in on [url="http://www.engadget.com/tag/AndroidVersion/"]Android's Platform Versions dashboard[/url] for the first time since [url="http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/04/android-2-3-continues-soaring-upward-now-installed-on-55-percen/"]January[/url], we can finally see notable growth in the percentage of devices running some flavor of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, up for 0.6 percent then to 2.9 percent. That's likely fueled by the release of updates for the Samsung [url="http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/12/samsung-heralds-european-arrival-of-ice-cream-sandwich-for-galax/"]Galaxy S II[/url] and [url="http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/08/htc-ics-sense-nordic/"]HTC Sensation[/url] family of devices, and is a sharp uptick from last month when it registered on 1.6 percent. Gingerbread (2.3) still reigns supreme, running 63.7 percent of the Android hardware that accessed the Play market in the last two weeks, but its growth seems to finally be slowing. [url="http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/17/android-2-2-is-now-the-dominant-version-of-googles-os-with-61-3/"]Last year at this time[/url] that position was filled by Android 2.2, with 2.3 on just one percent of the hardware and Android 3.0 barely registering at all, a point which highlights the long cycle of upgrades. Call it fragmentation or flexibility, app developers can use these stats to plan their releases going forward, although it may be a little while still before the majority of the crowd can access any Ice Cream Sandwich-specific features.

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i settled back with ICS (CM9) after dozen of bugs has been fixed related to video/codec/record

it actually extended my device battery life :D never ever going to touch samsung touchwizz now

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But is it better to get Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC

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The fragmentation problem is that the Primary method to get users onto new Android releases is to buy new devices. It would be better if the drivers and the ROMs were more modular so anyone could download the stock OS release, add the drivers, and load it on their device with a minimum of fuss the same as you would a PC instead of having to do all sorts of steps to load a CM build, if it is even available or stable enough for your device. The graphs will get higher until the market is saturated but there will always be old Android devices that will never go away because not everyone wants to upgrade and will hold on for many years.

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And they want to launch Jelly Bean this year? I think they are moving to fast.

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