If you are an Android developer, or just a very loyal fan who loves the mobile operating system by Google, here is something to be more proud of. The latest version of Android, the Android 4.0.x, very popularly known as the Ice Cream Sandwich, nos accounts to 7.1 percent of the global Android population, smart phones and tablets combined. This news comes straight from the Android Developer hub. According to the reports just last month, the market share of Ice Cream Sandwich was only 2.9 percentage. So an increase of 4.2 percent in just one month is really great.
The credits for this goes to some of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who decided to release the Ice Cream Sandwich update to a few of their devices worldwide. But the thing is, the next version of Android, the Android 5.0, code named Jelly Bean, will be coming out soon. The rumors going round and round on the internet indicate an October launch of the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. So will the Ice Cream Sandwich have a good amount of market share by that time? Well, that is to see.
Most of the Android smart phones got an update to Android 2.3.x, or Gingerbread from Android 2.2, or Froyo, very easily. But manufacturers and wireless carriers alike are not speeding up the process of seeding Ice Cream Sandwich update to capable devices. A lot of capable Android smart phones have not yet got the update to Ice Cream Sandwich.
People have surrendered to rooting their smart phones and installing custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for this reason. This again is not recommended, but people who are thirsty for Ice Cream Sandwich from a long time eventually turn up rooting their smart phones.
Apart from this, there is still a large majority of people still using Android 2.3.x, known as Gingerbread. As you can see from the graph, around 65 percent of the global Android population is Gingerbread. The question is, will this figure be changed by the time Jelly Bean comes out? Let’s see.