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ICS adoption peaks as Gingerbread refuses to let go

|March 10 2013 |Android, Industry News, Mobile OS


There was a time when, announcement of newly launched devices running the newer version of Android got applause and appreciation among the buyers as it was more uncommon. At present, by an anonymous research done, it is seen that the figures reflect that more devices running Android are working on the later versions of Android, being version 4 and above, and there are less Android devices running on the older software, Gingerbread. Ice Cream Sandwich is doing did its personal best and had reached its optimum point of fame and use, and now figures indicate that that high rate has now begun to decline.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean still dominate the scene with Android devices. Both versions of Android jointly have a larger market share than Gingerbread. Ice Cream Sandwich currently enjoys 28.6 percent of the Android market share and has suffered a one percent dip from the last month.

More use of Android 4.1 has led to a growth in the percentage from last month to this month (12.2 percent to 14.9 percent). The latest version Android 4.2 has seen an increase from 1.4 percent to 1.6 percent.

Overall, Android versions 4.0 and upward have a 45.1 percent share of the total Android market share, which means there is little room for Gingerbread which is slowly losing its stronghold, which is still strong at 44.2 percent of the Android share market. The adoption rates of the modern Android versions while being progressive is slow, since many budget handsets still opt to run Gingerbread. The reason for this being that Gingerbread is a lot more reliable than the other Operating System versions by Android. Developers are flummoxed and caught since they find it tough to create apps that can work on Gingerbread with the same level of performance as they do on ICS and Jelly Bean.

2013 started well for Google, bringing in 10 percent share market for Android Jelly Bean and Gingerbread had to succumb falling below 50 percent for the first time. The newest version of Android is being used for new fancy gadgets like the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and the Nexus tablets.

Even many new top end phones use Jelly Bean, and with the seasonal special launches to favour good gifting, the newer versions of Android have greatly benefited. Also, now Jelly Bean is being made available to even devices running the Ice Cream Sandwich handsets. New handsets running older versions also come with the option to upgrade. The Android Developers Dashboard estimation and projections are based on the frequency of phones accessing the Play Store within a 14-day period, however there cannot be much discrepancy in these figures, but perhaps there are still a lot more Gingerbread Android devices out there than caught.

The new Android Key Lime Pie 5.0 will soon come into markets by spring this year. It is all up to Google to engineer and facilitate manufacturers to adopt and use this new Operating System.


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