Number of active Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich devices growing

by: Gary SimsMay 5, 2012

Recently released figures from Google about the relative number of devices running a given version of Android are showing an interesting increase in the number of  active Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices. The numbers, which are based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a two week period (ending on 1st May 2012), show that  just under 5% of all Android devices now run Android 4.0, of these, the vast majority run 4.0.3 or 4.0.4 rather than 4.0, 4.0.1 or 4.0.2.

5% might not sound like very much, but this is a significant jump from the 2.9% of devices which were running Ice Cream Sandwich at the beginning of April or the 1.6% at the end of February. So why the jump? The main reason is not new phones with ICS but rather the continuing roll-out of Android 4.0 upgrades for recent devices. Samsung have been one of the leaders in the move from 2.3 to 4.0 and have released details on which devices will be eligible for the upgrade and even an update schedule for US phones and tablets.

With the Samsung Galaxy S3, which runs Android 4.0.4, becoming available in Europe at the end of May, the number of ICS users should increase even further and June’s numbers should reflect this.

As for the rest, Gingerbread is still the leader, with just under two-thirds of Android devices using Android 2.3.3 to Android 2.3.7. One fifth of devices still have Android 2.2 and about as many devices run Android 2.1 as they do 4.0! The numbers also reveal an interesting story about Android 3.0 Honeycomb (including 3.1 and 3.2). The number of active devices is stable at just over 3%. This is probably due to the limited roll-out of Honeycomb and the limited move to ICS.

Interestingly, I just upgraded my tablet to Android 4.0.3… So maybe I helped bump up the numbers! What about you? Do you have Ice Cream Sandwich? Or are you stuck on 2.3 as 4.0 isn’t available yet for your device?

  • BringOnTheCold

    still sad

    • AppleFUD

      It is.

      I’ve been saying for a while now that Android users that are not flashing ROMS or have a Nexus should expect a one year delay till they get a major upgrade and only expect one major upgrade in the phones life. Personally I think that sucks, thus I almost always recommend sticking with a Nexus however, that’s very limiting when you want the choice of hardware — a little too apple like.

      However, we see the same BS with MS and apple — sounds like MS isn’t going to support most devices with Win8 phone OS upgrades, and apple just gives a different version of iOS to each device calling it an “upgrade” when in fact each handset gets only limited functionality compared to the latest handset.

  • Jayantrao

    using galaxy note n waiting for the ics … when it comes i will raise the no of ics users :D . but can nyone tell me which version of ics will galaxy note get?

  • Cwilkinson1998

    The Stock ROM on my galaxy ace is 2.3.3, but I have upgraded to 4.0.4 with cyanogenmod 9

  • John

    Still a pathethic adoption rate so many months after release. My own phone(atrix 2) which is more then capable of handling ics will finally be getting the update in Q3 just in time for jelly bean to comeout so i’ll be updating just to stay behind. Google really needs to step in and force carriers to upgrade capable phones within a more timely fashion say 3 months max for all capable phones.

  • Bencissimo

    I’ve just bought the Wayteq xTab 70i which has ICS 4.0.3. I have to say this 7″ tablet is way more better than the iPad 2!!!! :-))) And it’s 3-4 times cheaper… fantastic!! :-)

  • still waiting with my note. Samsung said second quarter, which to AT+T means late october.

  • Tioz

    Running 4.0.4 on my 2 year old desire :D