June 2, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Only 7 of every 100 Android devices are powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the most recent firmware available. That’s the story told by the latest edition of the Android Platform Versions chart.
As disappointing as a 7.1 percent share of up-to-date devices may be, it’s actually an encouraging sign. Last month, Ice Cream Sandwich accounted for only 5 percent of visits to Google Play. And with recent updates announced from Sony, HTC, and soon Samsung, there’s a good chance that ICS may claim as much as 8 percent in July. Slow motion’s better than no motion.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remains far and away the most popular platform version. Gingerbread accounts for exactly 65 percent of Android devices, which is practically stagnant from the 64.4 reported in May. Meanwhile, Android 2.2 Froyo dipped to 19.1 percent, the first time this year that Froyo has accounted for less than 20 percent.
Take a look at the Android Platform Chart below. It shows that only 7.1 percent have the latest firmware version, but 72 percent have a reasonably up to date platform that allows them to access Android’s most important features. About 92 percent can access most apps in Google Play, leaving the unfortunate pre-Froyo users out in the cold.
*Note: I said that Android 4.0 might see as high as 8 percent in the next chart, but users upgrading to new devices might push it to 9 or 10 percent. That would be ICS’s highest share ever.