Android 4.0 reaches its highest distribution level yet – about 5% – as Gingerbread rises

May 2, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t caught on with many devices. Unless you have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Asus Transformer Prime, or taken matters into your own hands and uploaded a ICS-based custom ROM, there’s a good chance you’ve yet to see how much better is the latest version of Android. However, more people are joining that elite club based on the latest Android Developer Platform Chart.

In the two weeks ending May 1, 2012, 4.9 percent of devices accessing the Android Market were running Android 4.0 or higher. That’s a bump from the 2.9 percent reported in April. Progress is painfully slow, but movement is better than standing still. With recent developments like Google selling the Galaxy Nexus directly, and HTC, Samsung, and Sony starting to fulfill their promise to roll-out Ice Cream Sandwich, dare I say we could go as high as 6 percent next month?

The platform version continuing to dominate the Android bakery is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The number of 2.3-based devices climbed from 63.7 percent last month to 64.4 percent in May. Believe it or not, companies are still selling Gingerbread phones, and most consumers don’t seem to know or care that their phone is running outdated software. That should put things in perspective for Android enthusiasts.

Another interesting note is that Honeycomb has a 3.3 percent share of devices, which is exactly how much it had last month. Some tablets were upgraded to Android 4.0, but the number of 3.0-based devices held strong for some reason. We expect that to change next month.