Ice Cream Sandwich devices account for growing Android share.
In the world of Android enabled devices, it seems there is a wide spread going back to Android 1.5. It is that spread of devices which has so many concerned about Android fragmentation. With the release of Android 4.0, it was hoped that Ice Cream Sandwich would roll out quickly and become the major Android OS in a matter of months. News is now out showing that ICS now has a 2.9% share of mobile devices running Android. This comes from the Android Developers site and represents information as of April 2nd. The increase from the previous report of 1.6% from March is showing upward movement to the current value of 2.9%. Ice Cream Sandwich is starting to catch on.
It is taking longer than is expected for ICS to catch on and we wonder why it is taking so long. Android 4.0.4 has been announced and is generating a lot of interest, but mainly from those who are more technical and able to install an unauthorized version months before the official versions are announced by smart phone manufacturers. This is one of the big fragmentation concerns is about as people want to get ICS, but cannot. It seems that manufacturers adding in their own code have delayed the process quite a bit. You only have to look at the delay for the Galaxy Note for ICS to see the problems which are going on.
Others are seeing the same things and wondering what is going on. Some are even looking at the Android Developer numbers and wondering now many are new phones. That type questioning could put the active devices into a different perspective and show that existing smart phone owners are not getting Android 4.0 as quickly as you might think. This seems to follow the comments that are being seeing in forums regarding the ability to get ICS. The fact that Google acknowledges it takes 8 months for a complete roll out of an Android OS version is very telling. If we assume Ice Cream Sandwich came out in November, it should be completely available for all devices by July. This is the same general time frame as rumored for Jelly Bean to be coming out. Not what you want to be seeing.
You add to this the latest version of ICS which is Android 4.0.4 which was announced last week and you begin to see a compounding problem.