Nearly a quarter of Android users have been able to update to version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) according to the latest statistics. 23.7 percent of active Android users are on 4.0 but only a meagre 1.8 percent are able to run the very latest, 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
A surprising 55.8 percent of the platform’s hardware is still running Gingerbread (v2.3), while a fairly significant 12.9 percent is on the even older v2.2 (Froyo).
The Next Web interprets the rise of 4.0 and 4.1 as very slow, mainly because updates are being rolled out so gradually for the many different devices that could in theory support it.
It’s almost a year since Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 was first released but it has still only reached a quarter of active devices, which for the survey, means the phone or tablet was being used during the last two weeks of September 2012.
At least most new Android devices now ship with ICS on board, and many of the popular handsets can be updated to run it. Jelly Bean, however, is confined to only a small number of phones at the moment. In general it is up to the manufacturers and mobile network operators to make suitable updates available, which can be a tortuously slow process.