July 3, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
About 1 in 10 Android devices run relatively up to date software. Google has updated the Platform Versions chart to reveal that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now on 10.9 percent of devices accessing the Google Play Store in the two weeks prior. Knowing that there are 400 million Android phones and tablets that have been activated since 2008, we ca comfortable say there are few dozen million folks walking around with an ICS phone in their pocket right now.
Not everyone can join the party, however. That much was clear based on last week’s post about the complete ineffectiveness of the Android Update Alliance. Today’s numbers reinforce that by showing that 64 percent of devices run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which holds steady from last month’s numbers. There’s also a reported 17.3 percent using Android 2.2 Froyo. According to Google’s stats, a quarter of Android devices are running software at least two years old.
Part of the reason that so few have up to date software is that there is a large number of legacy devices still in use today. Phones that were shipped with Eclair or Froyo are still actively used and owners have not chosen to upgrade. That’s a partially acceptable excuse, but the main culprit for these disappointing figures is that companies have abandoned several phones and elected not to update them to newer firmware or taken almost a year to do so. Google announced a Platform Development Kit to try to shorten the time it takes for these updates to happen, but the affects of that program won’t be visible for quite some time.
On the bright side, ICS has finally achieved 10 percent status. Unfortunately it does so as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on the horizon.