Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was revealed by Google at the I/O conference last year. The OS was formally brought to the forefront with the Galaxy Nexus in October. Needless to say, manufacturers like Sony, Samsung, Motorola, HTC and even LG made their roll out plans public, though a little late than expected. Android OEMs have always fallen behind in terms of timely updates, but Sony was surprisingly quick in rolling out the update. Going by that, the latest Android distribution data made public by Google suggests that ICS adoptions is slowly, but steadily picking up pace. It’s important to note that the number which was merely 7.1% last month has now reached 10.9%, thanks to the latest flagship smartphones like the HTC One X and the Galaxy S III. According to TNW, there are about 42.8 million ICS running smartphones in the wild.
With the inevitable arrival of Android 4.1, we fear ICS will get lost in the mix as OEMs will now have to wrestle up to build a Jelly Bean ROM from scratch. The update will be first rolled out to the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola XOOM later this month. The stats show that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still found in over 64% of all Android devices followed by Froyo at 17.3%. It seems like Google will have a tough time repairing the fragmentation issue which has been plaguing the platform for a while.
We feel it will take another year at least to get things back on track. What’s good to see though is that early versions of the OS like Cupcake and Donut are slowly on the verge of extinction. Looking at Ice Cream Sandwich’s numbers, it seems like newer buyers will wait until the manufacturers make their Jelly Bean update plans public. However, they can always get a Nexus device for timely updates.
Via: The Next Web