Android 4.0 getting close to 5% share of platform

Android’s biggest problem continues to be fragmentation. Particularly when you have a huge UI change, like in Android 4.0 ICS, it’s important to get as many devices as you can on the update to avoid customer confusion and developer frustration. Even the Nexus S 4G, Sprint‘s iteration of the “Pure Google” phone, just got the latest update a bare month ago, a full six months after the software was first released. With many legacy devices not even getting ICS, this fragmentation is only going to grow. As you can see in the chart above, the various iteration of 4.0 total up to just under 5%, with Gingerbread 2.3.3 taking the…ahem…cake, at just under 64%. Interestingly enough, while Android 4.0 has a pretty low percentage of platform share, it still beats out Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which stands cumulatively at just over 3%. Given how few phones are currently out running Ice Cream Sandwich, this offers a sad bit of commentary on how the last generation of Android tablets sold overall.

The good news here is that with future Android tablets and most future Android phones both running the same software, and impending releases of some pretty huge name brands, there’s going to be a good jump in the number of Android 4.0 devices shortly. That and the impending upgrades of quite a few devices should definitely shift some of the share from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich. From there, it becomes more a question of what Google’s software game plan is down the road and how it will affect the current fragmentation. What do you think intrepid reader? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Prozackpills

    Google really should crack down on carriers manipulation of the software on the phones and I think maybe it should also set more stringent base requirements for hardware; create some form of cohesion so that its not so terribly difficult for programers with each phone being so drastically different.

    I know one of the main, if not strongest, draws to Android is the variety but i think a little bit of that could be streamlined without compromising the plethora of options people have when choosing an Android phone.

    You don’t see Apple products being crammed with VZ Navigator and so much additional obnoxious bloatware. ICS is a good move towards a more standardized Android experience now its just got to reach the masses!

  • PGrGr

    I think too much fuss is made about fragmentation. Ok, the UI is a bit different between Android versions, but one of the advantages of Android in any case is that the UI is so customisable, with skins, home page replacements apps etc.

    Ultimately, nearly all apps can be run on nearly all versions of the OS. Certainly this is true of all apps which are being actively maintained by their developers. (This is, of course, subject to hardware components being available. You can’t have a video chat app on a phone without a front facing camera, for example).

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  • Android
    still new for some in the market despite the marketing of android is done by
    Google itself. It will take some time to be more popular and i don’t think
    Google will leave any corner blank to make Android more demanding. As the
    mobile developers (me also) come across with android and its amazing features
    then gradually shift to the android word and one of the big feature is it is
    open source platform. If Android
    tablets and most Android phones both running the same software in the near
    future, like iPhone, android will create its completely new market segment.