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Number of active Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich devices growing

May 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?