Google has released new Android numbers and its no surprise Ice Cream Sandwich is gaining ground but it is in the minority to both Eclair & Gingerbread. If you’re wondering how Google gets the numbers from devices that access the Play App Store during the last two weeks of the month. If you need a quick look at the state of Android, here is a summary.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich grew from a 2. % share last month to 4.9% this month, marking a continuation of the slow but steady climb for the latest version of the OS. This is likely due to sales of new ICS phones like the HTC One series, as well as updates for existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
- Android 3.x Honeycomb stayed flat at 3.3%, likely due to slow Honeycomb tablet sales, combined with a similarly-paced update schedule for current Honeycomb tabs.
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread rose from 63.7 to 64.4%, meaning people are still buying Gingerbread phones. No surprises there.
- Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.1 Eclair steadily fell in market share, and now stand at 20.9 and 5.5% respectively. As older devices are left behind, and newer ones are updated to Gingerbread and ICS, we expect to see more of this in the months ahead.
- Android 1.6 Donut and 1.5 Cupcake continue to soldier on with 0.7 and 0.3% of the Android market respectively.