By Aldo Panessidi
Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich distribution numbers show its user base has grown by 2.9% since April, to a total of 7.1% - a 40% increase in one month.
Google publishes its monthly Android distribution figures on its developer website. While Gingerbread still owns the show with almost 65% of devices using this platform, Ice Cream Sandwich is showing steady growth. This is probably due to aftermarket ICS updates for some phones and the launch of Android 4.0 devices like the HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V. The percentage is only going to grow.
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Android 4.0’s market share at this point could also been seen as a disappointment. By now, ICS should have started to eat away at Gingerbread’s market domination. Blame it on device manufacturers and cell carriers for dragging their feet on updating older phones and not installing it on new phones once it was released.
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In some cases, the neglect is understandable. There are cheaper smartphones and older models still selling as new that don’t have the hardware to run ICS. Those low-end Android devices still account for the majority of the Android user base, and Gingerbread is still a great OS. It looks like Android 4.0 distribution will continue to grow but not at the expense of Gingerbread.