'Ice Cream Sandwich' powering 0.6% of Android devices

Summary:Android is still horribly fragmented, with most devices stuck several versions behind the latest release.

Google's latest release of its mobile operating system, Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' is now powering 0.6% of Android devices in the wild, according to data released by Google.

0.6% isn't a lot, but it's pretty impressive when you consider that the OS was only released back in October of last year.

But the information also paints a picture of fragmentation. Almost 55% of Android devices are running Android 2.3.3 - 2.3.7 'Gingerbread' released in December 2010, while another 30% are running Android 2.2 'Froyo' which was released in May 2010. Android 2.1 'Eclair,' released October 2009, still runs on 8.5% of devices, which is more than run Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' and Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' combined.

Android is still horribly fragmented, with most devices stuck several versions behind the latest release. The historical data chart shows just how bad Google's problem with fragmentation has become.

This is a problem that Google doesn't seem to be able to address.


Topics: Mobility, Google


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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