Android Version Survey: Only 16 Percent of Devices Have ICS

There hasn’t been much change month-on-month as far as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich penetration is concerned. According to Google’s Android version survey for the month of July, 15.9 percent of all Android-powered devices run on ICS, as compared to 11 percent at the end of June.

Yes, that is an increase of nearly 50 percent, but considering all the ICS updates that were scheduled to take place in July, one would expect something a little more significant than that.

At least Ice Cream Sandwich has just dethroned Android 2.2 Froyo for second place – Froyo’s share is now at 15.5 percent as of July. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which was introduced mid-month through the Nexus 7 tablet, has a paltry share of 0.8 percent.

That’s not much, but as several Nexus devices would be getting upgrades to the new version of Android, this can only go up in coming months. As usual, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the “sweetest” Android treat in terms of devices that run it – its July share was at 60.6 percent.

At the rate things are going, there doesn’t seem to be much of a chance half of all Android devices will have ICS or Jelly Bean by the end of 2012. Improvement in market share for ICS has been incremental, and up to now there are still lots of Gingerbread devices supposedly compatible with ICS that haven’t gotten upgraded yet.

Furthermore, Gingerbread is still popular with entry-level smartphones. So when will ICS become the dominant Android version?

I’d wager sometime in the middle of next year, based on the prevailing trends.