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Ice Cream Sandwich still only available on 10% of Android devices

Ice Cream Sandwich still only available on 10% of Android devices
Ice Cream Sandwich still only available on 10% of Android devices
Latest developer data shows that only 10.9% of Android devices are currently running Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0

Android has always been notoriously slow in getting its latest versions out to users, and the latest information just serves to confirm the unfortunate fact.

Based on the latest distribution data released via the Android Developer’s Dashboard, just 10.9% of Android phones and tablets are currently powered by Ice Cream Sandwich. The 4.0 version of Google’s OS was introduced more than 8 months ago, aiming to unify the tablet and mobile phone experience, but adoption has been frustratingly slow.

The data was collected by recording the number of devices accessing Google Play over a 14-day period ending on July 2nd, and thus rooted devices running unofficial ROMs aren't excluded. Interestingly, ICS is still only in 3rd place, as Froyo 2.2 is used on 17.3% of devices and Gingerbead 2.3 takes first with a  64% share.

Due to the vast number of OEMs and absence of any central update philosophy, a sudden adoption of Ice Cream Sandwich doesn't appear to be forthcoming any time soon. Furthermore, Google has already announced the next version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.1, and the problem could get worse when developers have to choose between jumping ship or continuing their work on ICS.

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2012 07 > Ice Cream Sandwich still only available on 10% of Android devices
Author: Omar Qudsi, 2012-07- 3 (Update: 2012-07- 3)