Ice Cream Sandwich now on 5 per cent of Android devices
Ice Cream Sandwich is now on 5 per cent of Android devices and rising -- but Gingerbread is still the most popular version.
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Ice Cream Sandwich is now on 5 per cent of Android devices and rising -- but Gingerbread is still the most popular version of Google's mobile operating system.
Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is the latest software for Android phones and tablets. It's been painfully slow to make its way into the world but is starting to take off. Google's latest figures reveal that ICS is now on 4.9 per cent of devices, up from 2.9 per cent last month.
Most Androids are powered by
Gingerbread, which is on 64.4 per cent of phones and tablets -- and still increasing slightly.
ICS has at least overtaken Honeycomb's 3.3 per cent share. Honeycomb, the tablet-only version of Android, never really took off before it was superceded by ICS, which works on both tablet and phone.
I should note the figures come from measuring phones and tablets accessing the
Google Play app store in the last two weeks, which means some devices
won't be included.
We all scream for Ice Cream
ICS is set to continue expanding: in the US and Canada, Samsung, Verizon and other manufacturers and networks are releasing updates this month. ICS is finally arriving on the smash-hit Samsung Galaxy S2 -- and the Samsung Galaxy S3 joins the HTC One X in the line-up of ICS powerhouses this week.
Gingerbread is still a fantastic operating system, but nothing beats having the latest stuff so Android fans are champing at the bit to upgrade. Here's 10 reasons why ICS beats Gingerbread.