Ice Cream Sandwich staggers onto 16 per cent of Android kit

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now on 16 per cent of Android devices, more than nine months after it was first released.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is currently occupying a smidge under 16 per cent of Android devices, more than nine months after the software made its debut in mid-November.

The disappointingly low figure comes courtesy of Google's distribution stats, with visits to the Google Play store, and the operating system that visiting devices are running, tallied over a two-week period up to 1 August.

Meanwhile Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still king, running on just under 61 per cent of Android kit, while the all-new version 4.1 Jelly Bean is on a minuscule 0.8 per cent of Android gear.

Ice Cream Sandwich crept over 10 per cent of Android devices at the start of July, showing that the number of gadgets in the robot-powered pool running the software is increasing at about 6 per cent per month -- so it should overtake Gingerbread by Christmas.

But with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich is no longer the latest edition. The stats show that when it comes to updates, Android as a whole moves at a sluggish pace. While ambitious tinkerers and those who can afford to buy the latest gear are treated to up-to-date editions, manufacturers have dragged their heels when it comes to updating existing smart phones and tablets.

Introduced back in November with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus , Ice Cream Sandwich offers features such as face unlock and a slick multi-tasking system. Its successor, Jelly Bean, brings a bumped-up frame rate and goodies such as Google Now, which offers eerily pertinent information to you based on your search history and location.

What version of Android are you sporting? Have you been left waiting for an update, or are you happy with the current pace of upgrades? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall

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