Android 4.0 makes gains on Android devices

In July, Google showed that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was installed on 10.9 percent of all Android devices. In the company's latest Android distribution update, Google revealed even more gains for Android 4.0, even though the company just announced the launch of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) a few weeks earlier.

The new update on the Android Developers page shows that the 4.0 version is now installed in 15.9 percent of all Android products. Android 4.1, which was just launched a few weeks ago, is still only in 0.8 percent of all Android devices.

While Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is still installed on the majority of Android-based products, its market share is slipping. This month's update shows it now occupies 60.6 percent of Android devices. That compares to 64 percent in July and 70 percent in June.

The tablet-only Android 3.1-3.2 (Honeycomb) is only installed on 2.3 percent of all Android devices. The old Android 2.2 (Froyo) is still hanging in there. It's installed on 15.5 percent of Android products.

It's likely that the market share of Android 4.0 could be impacted if a lot of their devices make the upgrade to Android 4.1 in the weeks and months ahead.

Source: Android Developer page | Image via Google

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In the US at least (my only experience to speak of) it's not Google that is holding things back as much as the carriers. The carriers would rather you buy a new phone than get a nice shiny update to an older money in that. Seems rather obvious to me.

My phone was finally updated to 4.0.3 the other day. It's noticeably more responsive and I can finally run Chrome now, which is noticeably better than the old browser and third-party offerings like Opera (which is what I used to use).

Google definitely needs to improve the way it handles updates and put pressure on manufacturers and networks to release updates much more quickly.

The biggest problem here is Samsung. All their cheap phones (which are by far the most popular ones, at least in Belgium and possibly the rest of Europe) just run 2.3.x and will never be updated to ICS or better. They're by far the biggest and best-selling Android device manufacturer, as long as they won't change the majority of the statistics won't change either.