Android 4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich Now On 16 Percent Of Devices, Gingerbread Still Holds Lion’s Share

One of the complaints many people have about Android is that their device isn’t running the latest version. It’s a bit worse than the Apple scenario where older devices don’t get the latest iOS build, simply because with Android, your hardware might be well up to scratch, but the manufacturer is simply not updating the build they originally sold it with.

This is why it can be advisable to buy a Google Experience device like the Nexus family, which is guaranteed to get the next version of Android as soon as it debuts.

Still, according to the latest figures from Google HQ, by its recent tally the number of slates, smartphones and other gadgets running the relatively recent Android 4.0 (A.K.A. Ice Cream Sandwich) has reached just around 16 percent (15.9, to be exact). That’s a very significant rise from only a few months ago, when that figure was in the single digits.

Gingerbread, which is basically Android 2.3.3 and was arguably the first version of Android that rivalled iOS, unfortunately still dominates with just over 60 percent – that’s not great news as it’s looking a little long in the tooth now…

Android market share 08_12

While it may not seem impressive, an uptake of 0.8 percent for 4.1 Jelly Bean is better news and actually really promising, considering it’s only available on Google’s own Nexus 7 by Asus, and the latest Xoom.

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