The latest Android usage stats from Google show that version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is starting to clamber towards more people. Versions 4.0, 4.0.2 and 4.0.3 now make up a not-entirely-gigantic 2.9 percent of Android users.
Gingerbread 2.3 is still in use by the majority of Android devices – claiming 63.7 percent of the userbase, but Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly climbing up the league table. Although its 2.9 percent share doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s significantly up on last month’s 1.6 percent figure. Google publishes these user stats regularly on the Android Developers website.
Ice Cream Sandwich still has a way to go to reach the 6 percent share of the now-ancient Android 2.1 Éclair version – released in early 2010 – and the pretty-musty Android 2.2 FroYo, which still commands 23.1 percent, though. That these old versions are still so prevalent is evidence of quite how serious Android fragmentation is.
Also telling is how small a share Android Honeycomb has. This is the version used in most of the big-name tablets of 2011, and with just 3.3 percent share, the number of tablets out there clearly is no match for Android smartphones.
We expect to see the figures for Android 4.0 skyrocket once phones like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 become available to the public. Many current Android 2.x phones will also get the bump up to ICS in the coming months. Are you itching to get the update? Let us know what phone you’re using in the comments.