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04 June 2012, 13:19

Ice Cream Sandwich now running 7.1% of Android phones

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Zoom The latest market share numbers see Android 4.0 gaining while 2.3 is still dominating the scene by a wide margin
Source: Android Developers

According to the latest statistics from Google, version 4.0 of its Android mobile operating system, code-named "Ice Cream Sandwich" (ICS), now accounts for 7.1% of the total number of Android devices in use.

Up from 2.9% in April, ICS managed to more than double its install base in the span of two months. 6.7% of phones are even running Android 4.0.3 or the latest Android version, which is 4.0.4. The largest number of Android phones overall are still running on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread", comprising 65% in total. In fact, the number of phones running on version 2.3 is still slightly increasing, which is most likely due to less expensive phones being sold with this version as their hardware does not support ICS.

It has to be pointed out that these numbers do not represent the full width of the Android ecosystem, as there are many devices being sold that have no access to the Play store; Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet being a popular example. It is likely that many of the devices that were never submitted to or did not pass Google's certification, and therefore do not include the Play store, are running on older versions of Android. This would shift the statistics further to disfavour Ice Cream Sandwich.

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