Android ICS creeps over 10% mark just as Jelly Bean appears
While next version of Android is almost upon us, the last, Ice Cream Sandwich, is still struggling -- but it has jumped forward.
Ice Cream Sandwich -- aka Android 4.0 -- is finally on more than 10 per cent of Android devices (10.7 to be precise), a mere eight months after its launch. Its share of the droidspace has shot up from 7.1 per cent in the last month, however, according to figures from Google.
Gingerbread (Android 2.3) fell from 65 to 64 per cent, and Froyo (2.2) saw a similar drop of 2 per cent. Given that Gingerbread is over 15 months old, it'll be interesting to see whether 4.0 can reach a market share of 65 per cent in the same time frame, but considering its current progress, I'm doubtful, and many fear the same problem for Jelly Bean.
The move from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich was a much bigger change than the latest update. The major improvement in Ice Cream Sandwich, along with cleaner code and streamlined functionality, was unification between phones and tablets, allowing developers to natively change the user interface based on what hardware it ran on, instead of having a dedicated tablet version (3.0 Honeycomb).
Jelly Bean is the latest update to the, with some refinement to the user interface, along with a collection of productivity applications.
While The Verge reports.
Other manufacturers haven't been so helpful, though, with most so far declining to comment when they expect to push their flavour of the new iteration. HTC is "" but non-committal on dates, and LG says it is looking into developing Android 4.1 for current devices, but doesn't have anything official to announce.
With the majority of devices at this year'smobilepalooza coming preloaded with crusty old Gingerbread, 2012 isn't the year of ICS, and I doubt whether 2013 will be any better for Jelly Bean.
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