Based on Google’s latest developer information page, only 10.9 percent of Android devices are running on their latest Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system. The data provides the number of active devices that run on a given version of Android platform. In relation to this, the information was gathered from those devices that accessed the Google Play within a two-week period, which ended last July 2.
Google’s website enables developers to build application features based on the current Android usage patterns. And the latest data shows that after 8 months, only a small number of mobile devices are running on Android 4.0. In fact, 17.3 percent of devices that accessed the Google Play are still using Android 2.2 Froyo.
The Power of Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Although the distribution of Android 4.0 is increasing, it still doesn’t match the install base of Apple’s iOS and Microsoft Windows Phone 7. In fact, majority of Android devices that accessed the search engine giant’s online store are using Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is found on 63.6 percent of devices.
The downside of releasing Google mobile OS updates is that phone manufacturers develop their own “skins” to provide unique user interface. This lets mobile software and hardware to be unique from other devices that are available in the market. However, it also gives carriers and manufacturers a hard time bringing the software update to their users.
Android customizations such as HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz take time to create. It should also be updated and overhauled whenever Google releases a new mobile OS version. This leaves legacy devices behind, that’s why majority of Android mobile phone continue to run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Limited Adoption of Ice Cream Sandwich
Although adoption of Ice Cream Sandwich is very limited, Google is still pushing their next Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The upcoming mobile operating system will be available later this month. But by the time that it is made available, owners of legacy devices will be two versions behind.
However, device manufacturers have been silent on which of their existing handset will receive a Jelly Bean update. LG, on the other hand, said that they are evaluating the software update, while Samsung revealed that a list of compatible devices will be released. This could mean only some of Google’s device such as Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, and Nexus S will be updated to Android 4.1.