Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

Summary: The Android Gingerbread smartphone OS is catching up to Froyo in the wild. Ice Cream Sandwich was to be unveiled at an upcoming event in NYC, but that has been postponed.

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The iPhone 4S has dominated the news this week but Android is still steamrolling along its unstoppable path. There are still too many versions of Android on devices in the wild, and the latest phone version (Gingerbread) is finally catching up to Froyo (2.2). While older versions of Android fight it out for dominance, the next big version, Ice Cream Sandwich, is not getting unveiled as expected.

Froyo, Android 2.2, was a big jump on the platform as major interface changes and performance improvements were rolled into that update. Gingerbread improved the platform for smartphones even further, and OEMs have been busily rolling it out in updates to customer's phones. The latest numbers from the Android Developers site show that while Froyo is installed on 45.3 percent of all devices tracked, Gingerbread is on a respectable 38.7 percent of them. That brings the total to 84 percent of all Android devices having a relatively current version of the OS.

The same numbers show how abysmal a showing Android is on tablets, as only 1.8 percent of all Android devices tracked are running Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the only released version of Android for tablets that can handle apps optimized for such devices. While common knowledge that Android phones are far outpacing tablets, these numbers show that the larger devices are just a blip on the Android radar.

Ice Cream Sandwich is the upcoming release for the Android platform, and is intended to bring the phone OS and tablet OS into one version. Google and Samsung recently notified the press of an event in NYC where it was expected both the next Android flagship phone and Ice Cream Sandwich would be officially unveiled by Samsung and Google.

That's not going to happen as today both companies notified invitees that the event was cancelled. No definite reason for the cancellation was given, but it seems perhaps one or the other product is not ready. Google has promised that Ice Cream Sandwich would roll out in November, so it is running out of time to get it officially unveiled to the masses.

The cancellation comes hot on the heels of a leaked video of what is purported to be the Samsung Nexus Prime running Ice Cream Sandwich. This is thought to be the next Google Android flagship phone that was to be unveiled at the cancelled event. The new version of Android looks pretty good if this video is genuine.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Hardware, iPhone, Smartphones

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  • This is 1st Windows Phone success

    Google is frightened by Windows Phone Mango capabilities and positive reviews; hence the delay of their OS.
    sandeeppolisetty
    • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

      @sandeep.splash Is this some kind of joke. Android afraid of a product that hold <5% of the market and shows no signs of any sales for the near future. You should be kidding. WP7 is a huge flop, not because of technology(OS has been good) but because of sales. Unless they manage to cross at least 10%, no one cares about WP7.
      krishnansriram
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @krishnansriram It has never been so easy for Microsoft to gain market share. If they get Samsung, HTC, etc to use Mango on their devices and waive Android patent violation/license fee, market share goes up in no time. For OEMs, it is definitely wise to use an OS whose IP is protected/original rather than OS who stole bits and pieces from others!
        sandeeppolisetty
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @krishnansriram
        Well your point holds good, I totally agree with Sandeep's response below to your response.
        Ram U
    • Stay on Topic!

      @sandeep.splash - Again with the Mango. What is it about Windows that makes their users illiterate? The title was not: Is Google Delaying Gingerbread Because of MS?
      Gr8Music
    • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

      @sandeep.splash: Trying reading the linked article. It's clear it's because of Steve Jobs recent death:

      "We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product."

      I suggest James Kendrick actually reads articles he links to too. To realise the Nexus Prime so soon after Jobs's death and so soon after the lacklustre iPhone 4S could be seen as insulting.

      Especially when the Nexus Prime is clearly going to be a superior phone to iPhone 4S.
      bradavon
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @bradavon

        Why would Google or Samsung be concerned with Steve Jobs death. Apple had to have at least an inkling that his death was imminent and they went straight ahead with their announcement. Steve died, Google and Samsung didn't kill him.
        hornkt
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @bradavon <br><br>I agree with hornkt@... that it is ludicrous to expect a company not to release a new product just because the CEO of their main competitor just died. <br>It looks like Google realized their product sucked. If Apple itself doesn't care about SJobs death to announce a new product why would other companies? Sorry Google, I don't buy your B.S.
        markbn
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @bradavon I agree about the Prime and about delaying the announcement.
        Maybe hornkt and markbn could look up the word "Respect", although from their callous comments, it wouldn't help.
        anothercanuck
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @anothercanuck Oh, I am sorry if the truth sounds callous to you. You cannot put a convincing argument forward, and have to be content with qualifying other's negatively
        markbn
    • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

      @sandeep.splash: Trying reading the linked article. It's clear it's because of Steve Jobs recent death:

      "We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product."

      I suggest James Kendrick actually reads articles he links to too. To realise the Nexus Prime so soon after Jobs's death and so soon after the lacklustre iPhone 4S could be seen as insulting.

      Especially when the Nexus Prime is clearly going to be a superior phone to iPhone 4S.
      bradavon
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @bradavon
        Except that it will run Android.
        x I'm tc
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        @bradavon

        Most people would define a superior product as one that significantly outsells its competition. Are you suggesting that you think that Nexus Prime will outsell that 4S?
        rcosby
    • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

      @sandeep.splash

      That's sort of like China being worried it's about to be invaded by Somali pirates.
      dsf3g
  • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

    How about a set of new features being added! for smoother operation cleaner interface !
    syoung3
    • My bet is HW/SW simply not ready.

      @syoung@...

      Based on Google being late by 6 months on HC (SDK and such to Moto), my bet is ICS simply is not ready and Google wants to avoid another HC disaster.

      2.8 million tablets in 9 months is not impressive though it looks like they added 1 million in the last 6 weeks.
      Bruizer
      • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

        God you MS fanatics are funnely - in a pathetic kind _of way.
        radleym
  • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

    Google confirmed that the event was delayed due to respect for Steve Jobs: "We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs' passing."
    GusRandall
    • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

      @GusRandall: But it's planned for November? How long should we expect to have to wait, until late December or so? That's gonna hurt sales too.
      Natanael_L
  • RE: Gingerbread chasing Froyo; Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling delayed

    Gingerbread??? What a piece of crap. Seriously. Ever since my upgrade, my phone has the following flaws:<br><br>1) If I am on Bluetooth, and get a text message, the phone abandons the headset and turns on the speakerphone. I have found a workaround, but it's not so good if I'm DRIVING MY CAR.<br><br>2) When leaving an app, the phone randomly throws up the white background/green "htc" screen (it's an HTC Incredible, on Verizon), and tells me it's "LOADING" for 20 seconds or so. FAIL.<br><br>3) It refuses to take voice input--especially for the navigation feature--but I'm not sure if it's random, or only when I am DRIVING (and need to (a) keep my hands on the wheel, and (b) actually GET SOMEWHERE).<br><br>4) Every once in a while, it just hangs up for no good reason.<br><br>I am waiting for the FIX to Gingerbread. I don't really know if I want to keep with this OS if their upgrades are so damned BUGGY.
    boothby171