Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly bean take a bite of the pie
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3 to be specific) has taken a serious leap in statistics this past month, giving it an almost 16% market share among Android phones.
Jelly Bean also made it on the chart for the first time since it’s announcement in late June, with an almost 1% showing among all Android phones. Gingerbread may still remain the dominant version of the operating system with nearly 61% throughput, but Ice Cream Sandwich is definitely catching up.
Since Google announces these numbers every month, it’s fairly easy to keep track of the progress here. Looking back at this time last year, Gingerbread had nearly double the throughput with 31.3% according to GSM Arena. Personally I’m thinking this comes down to the fact that Gingerbread was an incremental upgrade over Froyo (Android 2.2), whereas Ice Cream Sandwich is a completely new version with a lot of new things, including requiring all new drivers for things like the camera. Here’s to hoping that Google steps up efforts to get all the phones out there upgraded to the latest possible release, and that manufacturers come through on their promises of keeping those devices updated.
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