Sunday, June 03, 2012

Android 4.0 ICS usebase increases to 6.7%

In a recent report released by Google for Android developers, it was revealed that Android Gingerbread and Froyo still hold the majority of marketshare of Android smartphones and tablets. Given that Honeycomb has a mere 2.7% distribution, it stands to reason that from Ice Cream Sandwich’s 7.1% an even smaller pie belongs to tablets.

Android 4.0 actually jumped from 1% in January to 2.9% in April to 7.1% in May. While the growth rate is significant, it is still hampered by smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC who were slow to release the 4.0 update to existing smartphones (with compatible hardware) and introduce new handsets with ICS on them.

Obviously the new OS is dwarfed in comparison by Android 2.3 Gingerbread which commands the lion’s share of the Android market, with a massive 65% marketshare. Android 2.2 Froyo which was when the OS started getting really popular two years back, with a 19.1% share.

The growth of ICS will hopefully not be hampered in the near future as we see a barrage of Android 4.0 smartphones coming in the market over the next few months.

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