16 percent Android devices run on ICS
| by Aneez Shaikh |
Though Android v4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, is the latest version of the operating system, Android v4.0, also called Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is still going strong. Its presence has increased by more than two-fold in the past two months. The latest distribution stats of different versions of the Android OS released by Google shows that ICS has now spread to 15.9 percent of devices. The ICS user base was only 10.9 percent last month and 7.1 percent in June. Android v2.3 Gingerbread still commands the major share, and runs on 60.3 percent of the devices.
Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
ICS is now on 16 percent of Android devices
The latest distribution stats released were based on data collected during a 14-day period ending on August 1, 2012, marking the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within the 14-day data collection period. The Android developers website also provides more figures and stats related to devices running on Google's Android OS, based on various parameters as mentioned below:
Coming back to ICS, it is worth mentioning that this update has been the most important and impactful Android update yet. ICS was publicly released on October 19, 2011, and carried a vast list of features. The update was theoretically compatible with any Android Gingerbread 2.3.x device in production at that time, as stated by Google's Gabe Cohen at the time of its release. ICS has also been lucky with timely bug fixes, and additional features introduced by Google, which further strengthened its position.