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ICS growing, show stats, but still just a faint blip on the radar. Gingerbread still rules

April 3, 2012

Another month, another set of statistics revealed by Google for us to ogle and scrutinize. So, which Android platform is ruling the universe, and which is heading straight to the black hole? Here’s a spoiler, there’s really no significant shake-up from last month. Let’s work our way down from the top and analyze the Android platform distribution chart among Android devices owners that have accessed Google Play for the 2-week period ending April 2, 2012.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the most popular Android flavor around, securing a 63% share. Taking second place is Android 2.2 Froyo with 23.1%. About 6% of Android owners are still using Android 2.1 Éclair, enough to make the flavor the third most used Android platform. Meanwhile, Honeycomb is still holding on to its dear life with a combined share of 3.3% for version 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2. Heading into oblivion are Android 1.5 Cupcake and Android 1.6 Donut, as the combined share of the two reaches a measly 1%.

You didn’t think we’d miss out Ice Cream Sandwich, did you? The venerable Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, all versions, can now be found on 2.9% of all Android devices. This is a 1.3 percentage points improvement compared to the number revealed last month. This can probably be explained by the improving sales numbers of Galaxy Nexus and tablets that are touting ICS, such as the Asus Transformer Prime. In the last month or so, we have also seen HTC and Samsung cranking up their ICS update efforts for various devices.

Looking back at how Gingerbread didn’t gain much traction until after the first semester of its availability, it’s possible that ICS will follow the same trajectory.