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Google has just released an updated set of Android platform statistics for the two-week period ending April 2, 2012. These numbers show the proportion of various version of Android to have accessed the Google Play Store over the past fortnight, meaning these are devices that are being used by real people.

Here's how things looked for Android in late March and early April 2012 --

  • ​Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x): Decent growth for ICS, as the latest version of Android increases its share from 1.6 percent of devices last month to 2.9 percent this month. This is likely due to the arrival of OTA updates for popular international phones like the HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S II.
  • ​Honeycomb (Android 3.x): Unchanged at 3.3 percent. We'd expect this number to fall gradually in the months ahead, as ICS slowly starts to arrive on the current crop of Honeycomb tablets.
  • ​Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x): A small jump to 63.7 percent, from 62 percent last month. Clearly some devices are still in the process of being updated to Android 2.3. We can see the pace of Gingerbread's growth is starting to slow, though -- last month's growth was just under 4 points, compared to 1.7 percent this month.
  • ​Froyo (Android 2.2.x): Froyo numbers continue to slowly fall away, with Android 2.2 now on just 23.1 percent of devices, down from 25.3 percent last month.
  • Eclair (Android 2.1): A small drop of 0.6 percent, to 6 percent total.
  • ​Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5): Down 0.2 percent, but still active on one percent of devices. Maybe time to think about an upgrade?

For the record, here's our breakdown of last month's numbers. There's definitely a general movement towards Ice Cream Sandwich on both tablets and phones, and we expect that trend to accelerate in the next month. April will see more ICS updates for existing Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices, along with the launch of more ICS phones, including HTC's highly-anticipated One X and One S.

Source: Android Developers


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Spurt of updates brings ICS to 2.9 percent of Android devices


Woohoo! ;) I really hope that the ICS percentage starts to pick up rapidly. I'm happy on my GNex, but I want people to be satisfied with the Android ecosystem. There are a lot of updates that only benefit you if you have ICS.

It's still a low adoption rate but that's what happens when OEMs and carriers release new hardware with 2.3.

i'd be happy if Google simply always launched the Nexus on all the top 3-4 US Carriers that wanted it at once. this way - all of us that want the latest and greatest OS could at least get it.

Count me in as an un-official ICS 4.0.3 because it's an AT&T branded Galaxy S2. I love the dev community for hooking us up with a very stable and workable ROM.

Call me biased but I find ICS runs faster on the SGS2 than my friend's GNex.

Count my OG Transformer in on 4.0.3 and my poor forgotten Evo Shift on 2.3.4 It's like night and day between the two of them.

They already got you all count in, they probably use Google Play data and they don't look on phone model but OS version :>

So, devices that use a lot of the latest API's now total 6.2% (ICS + HC are pretty similar API wise). Not to be "that guy" but there is a reason tablet optimization, and even simply 3.0+ optimization isn't as common as we'd like.

Here's hoping for a summer of many successful updates.

So this kind of thing is weighted towards newer phones.
People are most busy aquiring new software on newer equipment.
After a year or so, you slow down and not bother anymore.

If you were starting writing an app today, would you be brave enough to target Gingerbread or later yet? If in a few months time the Froyo numbers could drop to say 15%?

I think targeting gingerbread or later is a perfectly viable thing to do, and has been for months. However, there is often little point. The vast majority of the 2.3 API's are available on 2.2.

Honeycomb and later is currently not too appealing, and that's where things really change.

I'm guessing most of those Cupcake/Donut devices are horrible resistive-screen tablets so unpleasant to use that they've been sitting in an end-table drawer for a couple years.

Also keep in mind guys that fact that SGS2 had a update does not mean all of users did update, in international unlocked model OTA does not work until you make Samsung account. I bet there lot of casual users that don't have idea about ICS

It's awful. The problem is they all have to add their face on it so it takes forever and its really not worth doing probably for them.You are locked in so its not like you are going to go elsewhere. I think google should of made tough rules in the beginning.I buy any brand of computer, windows 7 looks the same on all of them. It should been the same with android then I think we would all be seeing updates much faster.

Not to encourage a flame war but Google made a conscious decision to "not be like apple" in this regard, they left the exact condition of the OS up to the device manufacturer. This has helped adoption and let's be honest, most people don't give a crap once they learn how to use their phone, they just enjoy it. They can't tell Froyo from Gingerbread much less Touchwiz from Sense so what good does it do Google to try to be "apple-strict" about OS usage? Honestly, you can't argue that Apple doesn't do that the best, and competing with them by having a closed and monolithic ecosystem would be brutally ineffective (just look at how well Windows Phone and BB is doing.)

Google and Android is doing just fine, and good for them for not sweating all the trolls who run around crying about "fragmentation" and "abandonment". Haters gonna hate.