Google: Ice Cream Sandwich now on 15.9% of Android devices
Source: Google Version 4.0.x of Android, code-named "Ice Cream Sandwich", is continuing to gain ground as more manufacturers – such as HTC and Samsung – update their smartphone and tablet devices with the newer release of Google's open source mobile operating system. According to recently updated figures from Google, Ice Cream Sandwich now accounts for nearly 16% of the total number of Android devices currently in use, up from just 10.7% of devices a month ago.
4.1.x "Jelly Bean" – the latest release of Android, announced at the end of June – accounts for only 0.8% of all devices; however, it is currently only available on the Wi-Fi version of Motorola's Xoom tablet and on some of Google's Nexus devices (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and the new Nexus 7 tablet). But, as with Android 4.0, this number will continue to rise in the coming months as companies update their existing devices and release new devices that ship with Android 4.1.x out of the box. HTC has already confirmed that its "One" series of smartphones will receive an update, while ASUS, which manufactures the Nexus 7 for Google, will upgrade its entire line of Transformer tablets.
While it began to decline in use for the first time last month, the 2.3.x branch known as "Gingerbread" continues to be the most popular version of Android at 60.6%, down from 64% a month ago. As expected, the use of older versions of Android is still on the decline: Android 2.2 "Froyo" now accounts for 15.5% of all devices, compared to 17.3% in the previous month, and version 2.1 "Eclair" is down to 4.2%. Usage of devices running 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut), and Android 3.x "Honeycomb" tablets come in at 0.2%, 0.5% and 2.3% respectively.
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