Android Deployment: ICS at 16%, Jelly Bean appears
August 13th, 2012 - 04:08 am ET by C. D.
The deployment of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has picked up as each month goes by, while Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has now also appeared on a first round of devices.
Every month for the last fifteen, Google has published the status of various versions of Android deployed on mobile devices around the world. While in the first quarter of 2012 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) had trouble finding its place among users, things have now started to rapidly change.
With a presence on 10% of mobile devices in June, Android ICS has now advanced to almost 16% thanks to the launch of the latest smartphones and tablets with their update policies implemented by manufacturers.
Also starting to modestly appear behind is the next version of the OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, as the Nexus 7 tablet, the first to be equipped with the OS, has been released in mid-July, while Google’s latest Nexus smartphones have also been updates.
Android Jelly Bean in its first month is credited with 0.8% global market share, although it is currently only deployed in the United States.
For the rest, Android 2.3 Gingerbread remains the most widely deployed Google platform, present on more than 60% of Android devices, although this is coming down considerably since Android ICS started to become more visible.
Another effect of Android ICS being more present is that Android 3.x Honeycomb, the version destined for tablets, is no longer growing, with its presence now falling off – down to 2.3% market share. Android 2.2 Froyo continues to have some representation – currently on 15% of devices. As for the 1.x versions of Android, all versions combined now only represent 0.7%.