January 4, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The same amount of people running the latest version of Android is identical to number of users on one of the oldest versions. The Android Platform Version chart has been updated, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has a 0.6 percent share of Android Market visitors, which is the same amount for Android 1.5 (Cupcake).
Android 4.0′s share is predictably low considering that this is its first appearance on the chart. The number of Android 4.0+ devices is sure to rise once more tablet makers begin rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich updates to their tablets. ASUS announced yesterday it will begin updating the Transformer Prime next week. HTC, LG, Motorola, and Sony have all released their plans for ICS updates to phones, but those devices are not expected to be upgraded as soon. For now, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the sole official representation of Android 4.0.
The largest branch of the Android tree remains Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which now represents 55.5 percent of Android devices accessing the Android Market. That’s the highest Gingerbread has ever reached since it first became the dominant platform version. Froyo accounts for 30.4 percent, and Honeycomb has its highest peak at 3.3 percent.
We’re still not seeing much fruit from the Android Update Alliance, but a rash of angry users in recent times has pushed manufacturers and carriers to do more in their update plans. Perhaps 2012 will yield more progress in getting devices trending towards the newer firmware.