Google has never been the one to shy away from releasing data of active Android devices and of their respective Android versions. In fact, the Android OS distribution data is updated every fortnight on the company’s developer page. Reported first by Mobile Syrup, here’s the latest data for the week ending of March 5. You won’t find any surprises, since the outcome is one that is rather predictable.
No drum rolls required here — at 62 percent, Gingerbread still reigns supreme as the dominating flavor in the Android space. That's not the case with Ice Cream Sandwich, as the latest version of Android still gets little love from users and manufacturers. The number of devices running ICS accounts only for a paltry 1.6% of the total, a slight increase over the 1% figures we saw at the beginning of the month. Meanwhile, close to two years after its first release, 25.3% of Android devices are still running Android 2.2 Froyo. The less said about the tablet OS that never was, Honeycomb, the better. But just in case you're wondering, the three variants of Honeycomb contributed to a grand total of 3.3% market share.
How well does ICS measure up to past Android desserts? We’ll let the numbers do the talking. Released on May 2010, Froyo was already running on 28.7 percent of Android smartphones by September 2010, or 4 months after its release. On the other hand, by its fifth month of availability, Gingerbread was found only on 1.7% of Android devices. Notice some similarity there? Though things didn’t get off to a good start either for Gingerbread, its market performance did improve drastically later, and it crossed the 50% barrier by November 2011.
We do understand that the Android landscape has changed significantly in the last year or so with the introduction of tablets, phablets, and what not. We just hope that manufacturers can get their act together and start roll out the ICS update sooner, rather than later.