Latest Android Distribution chart confirms slow, but steady progress for ICS, now holding 7% market share
It’s the beginning of a new month, and Android lovers all know what that means. Google has updated its Android Distribution chart to show data collected during the last two weeks of May, and, while there aren’t major changes to report compared with the chart from last month, we are glad to see ICS steadily growing.
The latest (and greatest, say some) version of Android now powers 7% of all Google-based devices, up from 4.9% a month ago. Back in April, Android 4.0 only had 2.9% market share, so we can say the share of the latest version of Android has doubled in less than 60 days.
On the other hand, we still have to notice that ICS is advancing very, very slowly, considering that we’re talking about a version released way back in November last year. You probably all know the main causes of this snail-pace progress, so I’m not going to insist on that. But we should hope for things to turn around soon, with the launch of the Galaxy S3 and several high-end and mid-range devices being ready to get official Android 4.0 upgrades.
As you might have guessed, Gingerbread is still king of the Android world, despite the fact that the version was launched about 18 months ago. Not only that, but “Gingy” is still flourishing, now powering 64.8% of all Android devices, up from 64.4% a month ago and 63.7% back in April.
The aging Froyo holds second place in the latest Android distribution report, with a 19.1% market share (down from 20.9% a month ago), while the antique 2.1 Eclair has finally lost the fight with ICS and only powers 5.2% of all Android devices. Finally, Honeycomb, Donut, and Cupcake are simple blips on the Android radar and hold 2.7%, 0.6% and 0.3% market shares.