Android 4.0 now installed on 10.9 percent of devices

In June, according to information on Google's Android Developers page, Android 4.0 was installed in just 7.1 percent of all Android devices that have the Google Play download store installed. In the latest update on Android installs, it appears that Android 4.0 installations saw a respectable increase in just one month.

The new update on the Android Developers page shows that the 4.0 version (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich) is now installed on 10.9 percent of all Android devices. While that's still a small fraction of all the Android products out there, it does show that 4.0 is finally gaining some traction nearly nine months after it was launched with the Galaxy Nexus.

64 percent of Android users are still using some version of 2.3 (Gingerbread) although that's a big drop compared to the 70 percent share it had in June. 17.3 percent of Android devices are still using 2.2 (Froyo). Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), made exclusively for tablet products, features on just 2.4 percent of all Android devices.

Earlier in June, Google announced that Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) would be included in the new Nexus 7 tablet and that it would be made available as an over-the-air update for Motorola's Xoom tablet and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones later this month.

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The problem is that updates are controlled by the network providers, so people get their updates and different times to others, if they even get an update to start with...

so all the android fans everywhere keep bragging about android marketshare,and most of the phones sold are free cheap crappy prepaid phones. that ought to tell you something about what kind of product it is. cheap knockoff of some other phone. it isnt right to use dumbphone figures to inflate smartphone numbers.

the real android smartphone marketshare is %5, if you want to be real. its close to what wp has,but has been on the market for alot longer,with a bigger software library and supported better by carriers and oems.

nothing to brag about. they cant even create a smooth user interface with 4 cpu cores. thats laughable. oh great you can cook a rom that tries to fix this hacked together cluster****. or you can run nes emus all day. doesnt change the fact that it has the reputation of cheap, slow and ugly.

I applied an unofficial ICS ROM from XDA and I'm not very pleased with it. It's choppy, ugly and doesn't click with me. I know my phone isn't meant to run it and a supported device will have a different experience, but I don't see what the fuss is all about. Now, with JB, the CPU-GPU parallel performance feature excites me and I can't wait to see what the developers at XDA will do with it.

I applied the jelly bean update via xda and couldn't be happier. Though Google Now's in a bit of a raw state but hopefully when the finalised version is rolled out it'll be improved

Google has made their OS bloody nice since ICS was introduced. I think what needs to happen is a uniform and smooth way to install ROM's from ONE source.

An android ROM repository would be great with unified flashing services for all phones. It would also help custom ROM communities.

Personally I think google should introduce a class system for devices, class one type must have a minimum spec and certain performance requirements (like WP) and class 2 are any old hat device. That would allow for buyers getting decent varetry from cheap to pro easily. Most of the reason people jump to iPhone is because it's easy to know what you are getting to the common user. Classes and a unified flashing service would rock!

M$ does it with Zune so google should do it with droid!

Auzeras said,
Google has made their OS bloody nice since ICS was introduced. I think what needs to happen is a uniform and smooth way to install ROM's from ONE source.

An android ROM repository would be great with unified flashing services for all phones. It would also help custom ROM communities.


Personally I think google should introduce a class system for devices, class one type must have a minimum spec and certain performance requirements (like WP) and class 2 are any old hat device. That would allow for buyers getting decent varetry from cheap to pro easily. Most of the reason people jump to iPhone is because it's easy to know what you are getting to the common user. Classes and a unified flashing service would rock!

M$ does it with Zune so google should do it with droid!

Ever checked goo.im? There's even an official app for it on the Market called Goo Manager.

So if we put this together with the ComScore article then 10.9% of Googles 50.9% of the Smartphone market means just over 5.5% are running ICS compared to MS's 4%. So ICS (Oct. 2011) alone is beating Windows Phone (Oct. 2010).

Asmodai said,
So if we put this together with the ComScore article then 10.9% of Googles 50.9% of the Smartphone market means just over 5.5% are running ICS compared to MS's 4%. So ICS (Oct. 2011) alone is beating Windows Phone (Oct. 2010).

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no flash support on jelly bean is not what we need right now, rather get HTML5 adopted more and then pull it.

sava700 said,
no flash support on jelly bean is not what we need right now, rather get HTML5 adopted more and then pull it.

Flash is dead so deal with it. HTML5 is the future.

sava700 said,
no flash support on jelly bean is not what we need right now, rather get HTML5 adopted more and then pull it.

Another one that does no read .. There is no flash support in Jelly Bean because of Adobe, not Google. They said weeks, even months ago that they will stop producing mobile version of flash player.

2xSilverKnight said,

Another one that does no read .. There is no flash support in Jelly Bean because of Adobe, not Google. They said weeks, even months ago that they will stop producing mobile version of flash player.

Read what? I believe the guy was just stating that there are still too many sites dependent on flash, and therefore, it is a bad thing that Adobe are no longer supporting it. I for one won't be upgrading to 4.1 until either a hacked version of flash comes by or wait till more sites like JTV (their native app has poor video quality btw) support HTML5.

ShMaunder said,

Read what? I believe the guy was just stating that there are still too many sites dependent on flash, and therefore, it is a bad thing that Adobe are no longer supporting it. I for one won't be upgrading to 4.1 until either a hacked version of flash comes by or wait till more sites like JTV (their native app has poor video quality btw) support HTML5.

It is more of how he worded his post which seems to implicate Google rather than Adobe.

ShMaunder said,

Does it run as well? Can't wait to try this if it does.


Yes it does. No issues. What a lot of people fail to realize is Jelly Bean will not have Flash. But ONLY if the device was released with Jelly Bean in the first place.

For example, the Nexus, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III started with Jelly Bean. When they are upgraded, the update will keep the default Browser which is the Android Browser. Since the Android Browser is installed, Flash will work.

Devices like the Nexus 7 will not have the Android Browser. The default Browser is Chrome. Chrome on Android never supported Flash. So even if you installed Flash, no browser can use it. Your alternative is to use FireFox which has Flash support without the need of having Adobe Flash installed.

If Android 4 was released 2hrs ago, I would say 10% is impressive.. But after 8 months I consider that rather sad. It's one of the biggest issues I have with Android as a platform..

Say what you will about Apple, and I do have my issues with them too, but when they release an update everyone can get it that day, and 2+ hardware revisions back.. Android it's hit and miss, and depends on what mood the manufacturer is in at the time..

Ryoken said,
If Android 4 was released 2hrs ago, I would say 10% is impressive.. But after 8 months I consider that rather sad. It's one of the biggest issues I have with Android as a platform..

Say what you will about Apple, and I do have my issues with them too, but when they release an update everyone can get it that day, and 2+ hardware revisions back.. Android it's hit and miss, and depends on what mood the manufacturer is in at the time..

For people like me, I don't care at all. My S3 has been rooted since day 1 and i'm running a better rom than Samsung's stock rom. Enjoying the quad core cpu here.

And did the same with the S2. Running CM9 very smootly. For experienced users, Android is the way to go.

Ryoken said,
If Android 4 was released 2hrs ago, I would say 10% is impressive.. But after 8 months I consider that rather sad. It's one of the biggest issues I have with Android as a platform..

Say what you will about Apple, and I do have my issues with them too, but when they release an update everyone can get it that day, and 2+ hardware revisions back.. Android it's hit and miss, and depends on what mood the manufacturer is in at the time..

This is the same way I feel and the biggest reason why I will never get an Android device. You basically get screwed right after you buy it. Don't really care if I can root it and install a ROM, it's the principle that the company should want to give the customer the best experience possible, and that's not happening in too many cases.

Ryoken said,
If Android 4 was released 2hrs ago, I would say 10% is impressive.. But after 8 months I consider that rather sad. It's one of the biggest issues I have with Android as a platform..


Say what you will about Apple, and I do have my issues with them too, but when they release an update everyone can get it that day, and 2+ hardware revisions back.. Android it's hit and miss, and depends on what mood the manufacturer is in at the time..

The people that are making it sad that we as users can't upgrade past 2.3.3 or higher is companies like Verizon who take their sweet ass time allowing phones to update. They have to make sure the bloatware they throw in phones won't get interrupted. Yes, it sad. Sad to see where the priorities lie.

Ryoken said,
If Android 4 was released 2hrs ago, I would say 10% is impressive.. But after 8 months I consider that rather sad. It's one of the biggest issues I have with Android as a platform..

Say what you will about Apple, and I do have my issues with them too, but when they release an update everyone can get it that day, and 2+ hardware revisions back.. Android it's hit and miss, and depends on what mood the manufacturer is in at the time..


buy a nexus!! why care about other device.

Amodin said,

The people that are making it sad that we as users can't upgrade past 2.3.3 or higher is companies like Verizon who take their sweet ass time allowing phones to update. They have to make sure the bloatware they throw in phones won't get interrupted. Yes, it sad. Sad to see where the priorities lie.

This. Didn't AT&T just release the 4.0 update to the Galaxy S2 also? If I remember the recent news articles correctly at least. These damn carriers... /shakefist

Ryoken said,
If Android 4 was released 2hrs ago, I would say 10% is impressive.. But after 8 months I consider that rather sad. It's one of the biggest issues I have with Android as a platform..

Say what you will about Apple, and I do have my issues with them too, but when they release an update everyone can get it that day, and 2+ hardware revisions back.. Android it's hit and miss, and depends on what mood the manufacturer is in at the time..

You know what makes it impressive? 10.9% is still a lot more than Windows Phone total sales. Now that's impressive.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,
You know what makes it impressive? 10.9% is still a lot more than Windows Phone total sales. Now that's impressive.

Not really. Windows Phone is still in its infancy. Currently, it's limited by manufacturers and carriers, many of which won't be touching Windows Phone until WP8.

Thus this bit of news is hardly surprising by any means. It's like being shocked that the number of Windows 7 users beats out the entirety of OS X users altogether.

Ryoken said,
If Android 4 was released 2hrs ago, I would say 10% is impressive.. But after 8 months I consider that rather sad.

Not really. That's still > 40 million devices. And the latest devices will all get an upgrade. It's only the older ones which won't get it. And even then, there's always ICS through custom roms.

Ryoken said,

Say what you will about Apple, and I do have my issues with them too, but when they release an update everyone can get it that day, and 2+ hardware revisions back..

Except that older iOS devices, and now WP7 also only get a partial, feature incomplete upgrade. All devices that get ICS will get the whole thing not just a crippled version.

Ryoken said,

Android it's hit and miss

And WP7 is a complete miss then. Because none of those devices will ever see WP8.

Ryoken said,

and depends on what mood the manufacturer is in at the time..

Actually, you'll find that stock devices get the best update support. The Nexus line, Xoom etc. But it's true some manufacturers do drag their heels. That being said, the Android ecosystem is very diverse and there are 400 million devices.

Updates for android are terrible for non tech-savvy users, a family member has a samsung galaxy 1 and is still on 2.1, has had no notification from updates at all not has ever updated. I think that's pretty awful if I'm honest.

n_K said,
Updates for android are terrible for non tech-savvy users, a family member has a samsung galaxy 1 and is still on 2.1, has had no notification from updates at all not has ever updated. I think that's pretty awful if I'm honest.

Problem with your phone maybe. What 1st Gen Galaxy variant do you have? I think all of them were upgraded to at least Gingerbread.

n_K said,
Updates for android are terrible for non tech-savvy users, a family member has a samsung galaxy 1 and is still on 2.1, has had no notification from updates at all not has ever updated. I think that's pretty awful if I'm honest.

I'm pretty sure they have missed the notifications, all the Galaxy S' have an Gingerbread update

thealexweb said,

I'm pretty sure they have missed the notifications, all the Galaxy S' have an Gingerbread update

Thought so. Would take the phone back "if possible" or look online to find a way to make sure it is 100% stock...or to apply to official firmware manually.

n_K said,
Updates for android are terrible for non tech-savvy users, a family member has a samsung galaxy 1 and is still on 2.1, has had no notification from updates at all not has ever updated. I think that's pretty awful if I'm honest.

The Thing is, non-tech savvy users don't care

warwagon said,
The Thing is, non-tech savvy users don't care

Not exactly true. There are many non-tech savvy users who keep up with the stuff. That's when it falls upon us tech geeks to "fix it" whenever issues arise.

n_K said,
Updates for android are terrible for non tech-savvy users, a family member has a samsung galaxy 1 and is still on 2.1, has had no notification from updates at all not has ever updated. I think that's pretty awful if I'm honest.

I have a GS i9000 and though you would want to do it for them (backup!!) the team nyx ics build for it really is like a totally new phone.

n_K said,
Updates for android are terrible for non tech-savvy users, a family member has a samsung galaxy 1 and is still on 2.1, has had no notification from updates at all not has ever updated. I think that's pretty awful if I'm honest.

Scratching my head and your weird post. Wouldn't non tech savvy users not know what a gingerbread or Ice cream sandwich is?

So glad I have the (currently now banned from import) Galaxy Nexus and will be getting 4.1 latter this month

Losing flash could potentially suck a bit. Based on the Google has showed off Android 4.1 feel more like minor upgrade continued enhancement of 4.0.

Jason Stillion said,
So glad I have the (currently now banned from import) Galaxy Nexus and will be getting 4.1 latter this month

Losing flash could potentially suck a bit. Based on the Google has showed off Android 4.1 feel more like minor upgrade continued enhancement of 4.0.

I'm running 4.1 on my GN & it is much more than a minor upgrade!

Jason Stillion said,
So glad I have the (currently now banned from import) Galaxy Nexus and will be getting 4.1 latter this month

Losing flash could potentially suck a bit. Based on the Google has showed off Android 4.1 feel more like minor upgrade continued enhancement of 4.0.


Flash works. I don't know what you are talking about. Do some reading. I have a Galaxy Nexus Takju model with Jelly Bean, Flash is installed and working properly.