The recent rollout of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrades has helped Google’s latest operating system become more prevalent on Android-powered smartphones. However, Google may need to do a lot more to make Android 4.0 the primary OS on these devices. According to their numbers, only 4.9 percent of all Android devices have Ice Cream Sandwich installed on them.
While the above figure represents a 2 percent increase over last month’s data, a shade under 5 percent is still far from where Android wants to be with Ice Cream Sandwich. The majority of Android devices, or two-thirds to be exact, still run version 2.3, or Gingerbread.
So what’s the reason for this solid, yet very unspectacular progress?
Apparently, the main reason would be the ongoing wait for devices that ship with Android 4.0. These devices include HTC’s One series, which has yet to be released Stateside. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also expected to ship with ICS, and like the One series, the S3 should be launching later on in the month.
Also, a lot of upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich have been rolled out to smaller markets, as opposed to the much larger US market.
It’s interesting to note that v2.3, or Gingerbread’s share also went up based on the most recent data. Two factors can explain this – first, the glut of smartphones that still come with Gingerbread out of the box, and second, numerous upgrades from v2.2 (Froyo) to Gingerbread.
With the HTC One X expected to launch Stateside on May 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 due to be announced today, chances are we’ll be seeing more significant gains for ICS in the months to come. And we haven’t even mentioned the steady pace in which ICS upgrades are rolling out.