Ice Cream Sandwich Growth Is On The Rise As It Hits Double Digit Adoption

Google has released the last numbers for their platform version overview on their Android Developers blog and good news — Ice Cream Sandwich adoption has hit double digits. First things first, you’ll notice Jelly Bean isn’t listed and that’s because it’s not on any consumer devices as of yet. Moving on, our takeaway is that most Android versions are leveling off their growth, likely because Ice Cream Sandwich is on the rise with a 3.8% upswing in updates for the latest “consumer” Android software. As more devices are released with ICS, including the HTC One series along with other individual handsets as well as the beginning of Galaxy S II updates, DROID RAZR devices, Android 4.0+ will continue growing, just not at a pace we’re happy with.

Data was collected during a 14-day period ending on July 2nd taken from visits to the Google Play store from various Android hardware. Still, we can’t help but feel that even with around 11% adoption, Ice Cream Sandwich is still unavailable to far too many folks and their hardware. One takeaway is that OEM’s are still taking a loooooong time to release updates, and there are still people running Android devices with Cupcake, Donut and Eclair. Someone find those people and throw an intervention.

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  • Xavier

    SEE GOOGLE SEE!!! LEAVE THE BEAN ON THE COUNTER FOR NOW…WORK ON THE ICE CREAM LOVE MAN!!!

    • Wilma Flintstone

      I agree.  This Android update thing has BEEN ridiculous.  And “*SOME*” of the fans are even worse now they begging and selling themselves for Jellybean when just a few weeks/months ago, they were happy that they just got ICS, they have become insatiable.  Always wanting the Latest and greatest even when the latest may not even be the greatest but they want it anyway just to say they got it.

      Some of the fans really need to look at some of the improvements BEFORE saying that they want it because the same people after the update screws with something on their phone, they come back complaining about it like a child when if they would’ve read what the update did, they could’ve made the proper adjustments so they wouldn’t have had such problems or they could’ve just chose to not update until said issues were fixed.

      Back on the Google updating situation, they seriously need to slow down on the update releases or maybe just call them patches.  ICS JUST got over double digits and they already have JellyBean about to release in the middle of this month.

      Android is a very good OS but I’m not blind to the fact that it has many flaws.  Once this update situation is fixed, that’ll cure one MAJOR flaw with the OS.  But that lies with Google and their update releases.

      Hopefully Google slows down a bit on bringing new OS Updates out and actually focus on better stabilizing the OS before coming out with a new OS Update.  JellyBean was a start so we’ll see what happens after that.

      • Xavier

         well said

      • Guest

         Amen to that Wilma.  ICS has gotten to 10.6% install base 8+ months after release and is now already obsolete.  Gingerbread continues to be released on new devices and is now 2 major versions behind.  At this rate, KeyLimePie will release in December  and we can be three versions behind.  I suppose if all the phones actually worked well and were stable it would matter less, but if you are one of those with a buggy build, you are screwed because you will not get any update.   As for the root/rom arguement so many are fond of talking up, most phones never get any love from DEV’s and so even if they have root, have no significant rom development.   

        In my own case, the MyTouch4g Slide is permanently stuck on gingerbread and it likes to soft reboot from time to time.   Sure I can go to HTC and unlock the bootloader, jump through some pretty serious hoops to get root, but I cannot get S-OFF so flashing roms is a pain in the butt.  That even assumes there were stable roms to flash because the phone’s keyboard and fancy camera have proprietary drivers integrated into the sense 3.0 that will never be released.   This is my last HTC and probably last android, and I have been using android since my G1/Mytouch3g days.

        I am really interested to see what WP8 brings, and when the Tizen phones get released.

        • Wilma Flintstone

           I agree UlyssesGhost.  You make a very valid and seems to always get overlooked point.  Most people that know about Roms think that XDA supports every android device under the sun and that is just not true.  Saying “Well they can just go to XDA or a Dev community to get it Rooted” is not always the case.  Roms and Dev builds usually go to the most popular phones and the focus is kept there.  Very rarely do you see an unpopular device getting support from the Dev community.

          Yes Bootloaders and Flashing Roms can sometimes be enough to drive a person off the deep end.

          I can’t wait to see what Tizen will truly bring.  Not truly interested much in WP8 but that can change over time.

        • Guest

          Yeah, off topic, but Tizen has gotten real interesting. With Intel/Samsung working on it has really taken off. I am really curious to see what intel will do with it with the new intel mobile processors. I am expecting/hoping samsung will release an SIII with Tizen on it this year or early 2013 and that will really shake things up.

      • James

        How is a handset OEM’s and carrier’s inability to get updates to their hardware Google’s responsibility when you really think about it?

        Unless the company selling the actual phone that you are buying guarantees you any sort of update guarantee/timeline.. I wouldn’t be expecting and update to my phone.

        For instance the whole T-Mobile (LG’s) G2x.. released with Froyo and everyone was promised gingerbread within a specific time frame, which ended up coming well after. How is Google to blame for the shortcomings of other companies?

        For people who want updates in the most timely of manner, they should be
        smarter and buy a Nexus branded phone if available to their network Or for those capable, reach out to
        the dev community and look up some custom roms.

        I, personally, think it’s utter nonsense for a software company to hold their potential in a market back, just because companies that they are partnered with can’t keep up. I would release my product under my business’ time frame. (Would I try to help them? As much as I could, because I do want everyone using my product to thrive. But I’m not going to limit my business’ and software’s potential just because of them)

  • http://twitter.com/JDean86 James

    Still no ICS love for Mytouch4G? :(

    • FILA

      unless you ROM, the MyTouch4G is done with from T-Mobile

      • http://twitter.com/JDean86 James

        The only roots I’ve found for MT4G are extremely complicated looking..

    • Xavier

       not even my G2x… : (

    • fixxmyhead

      i know ur joking but  theres custom ics roms. try dark unicorn 4.1.1 its complete and everything works. its  flawless with no bugs.

    • JBrowne1012

      Not for no Mytouch by LG either even by way of root its a problem

  • Jaden25

    Root your phone and you can keep up with the Jones’ I’ve had the latest version of android even on my HD2 back in the day but had ICS for my HTC Sensation for months, soon to be upgrading to the jelly bean.

    • Dakota

      Not everyone is comfortable doing this or even knows how. Non techies have no idea what it even means. or dont want to void warrsnties..Android phones should just work; they offten dont, shifting people to give iphone a try. I may soon too

      • JBrowne1012

        Its very easy, just take the time to read, its practically noob proof, if you reflash your original system it doesn’t void your warranty when you send it in. iPhone has had its own bugs i don’t get why people think that easily breakable phone is immune to anything when various bugs has arrived just as any other device that has been released. Android phones do work, some people still want the most update system that their phone.

    • JBrowne1012

      Unfortunately some devices don’t get blessings of root I can think of 1 device the MyTouch by LG has no dev community whatsoever

  • s10shane

    This is why I would almost give up my HTC ONE S for a galaxy nexus so I can have the lastest updates fast. people need to stop blaming google for slow updates when its not Google’s fault its the manufacturers that screw up android with skins over it which makes the updates slow as hell plus they have more devices to upgrade vs Google with the nexus line.

    • Xavier

       I’m not blaming google for the slow updates…i am pointing a finger though…JESUS…SLOW DOWN WITH NEW UPDATES IN GENERAL! lol

      • JBrowne1012

        New updates aren’t coming in too fast there is only 1 update per year. 

        • Xavier

           1 per year isn’t fast for you?

        • JBrowne1012

          Nope thats reasonable. It shouldn’t take a whole year for manufacturers to update phones. But problem is not even updating its manufacturers just not wanting to in the first place their focus is on releasing a million variants of 1 device for every carrier. On that note can’t just dump blame on manufacturers either for the update process if carriers didn’t try adding bloatware to the already completed versions of the OS there would be quicker updates pushed out

    • Bratty

      It is ABSOLUTELY Google’s fault. They license their software and allow manufacturers to screw around. When you give Google a pass, there is no reason for anyone to step up to the plate. Now, are the latest updates needed? I dont know. But you cannot give Google a pass.

      • Dakota

        Google could ban skins if it wanted and take tighter control or take android exclusively to motorola

        • bmbrad720

          My god that would be horrible. Htc and Samsung by far make the best android phones. I will buy a iphone before i get a crappy Motorola phone.

  • GBGamer

    I’m proud to be a part of the 0.5%. G1′s forever!

    • Xavier

       G damn!

    • fixxmyhead

      shut up stop trying to be “cool”

      • GBGamer

        Stop telling me not to be “cool”. I wasn’t trying to be cool, I was trying to have a bit of fun. I love my G1, and I was joking around a bit.

    • Ostinq

       My G1 is running 2.2, my G2 is on 4.0.4. Give up on Carrier updates and look to the community.

      • GBGamer

        I know, I used to have CM6, but it didn’t run very well, so I switched back to CM4. On my GS2, I’m running AOKP.

  • Dakota

    Not everyone can afford to constantly buy new pgones..esp on prepaid..and carriers still selling new pbones with gingerbread or even lower. Plus if theyre not reading blogs, they might not even know about ics. If phone works & meets their needs, no reason to buy new phone. You guys seem to forget how many peopke are suffering financially

    • None

      BooHoo

  • Patrick Hulton

    Well, Google is actively trying to fix the update situation.  They’re giving device manufacturers an early release preview of the next software update so hopefully that should speed up the development process.  Look up the Android PDK.  Let’s not forget either that the carriers are partly to blame for this as well, since they need to make sure their bloatware is compatible with the newest releases and that slows it down quite a bit.  Take the Verizon GNex 4.0.4 update fiasco it took nearly two months since the 4.0.4 release to finally make it to the Verizon variant.  Sure the Verizon Gnex doesn’t really have bloatware (2 apps, that can be disabled mind you) but they sure took their sweet time making sure it would play nicely with their service.

    • Guest

       I don’t wish to be unduly negative, but this won’t make any difference, just like the android alliance (which google and manufacturers promised to upgrade devices for 18 months) didn’t make any difference.   There is a severe financial disincentive for manufacturers to update the devices and so if the phone didn’t sell well you can forget about it.  Even if it did, there is no guarantee that it will get an upgrade.  The carrier’s don’t want the customer service problems associated with updates (I seem to recall the mytouch 3g slide’s upgrade problems that was bricking devices.)   I don’t know what the answer is, but this won’t make any difference. 

  • JBrowne1012

    Its appalling to me that people blame google for this situation, google releases a new update each year, 1 year for each update. It shouldn’t take a full year for Manufacturers to adopt to the new system, to me its more of a manufacturer issue. Every 3 months a new android phone is released as a sequel to another device, they focus on releasing new phones with the new system rather than putting out a system update.

    • Drew

      You may have a point but please don’t let these carrier get away with their share of the responsibility for this debacle. They feel somehow that its there place to inject their ‘bloatware’ they feel are necessary.

      • JBrowne1012

        Of course not, I did forget to include them in this mix, I agree with you, if they left Android the way it was and just make all their apps and so on downloadable rather than what it is now.. Fragmentation wouldn’t be so big of an issue and El Goog could be the ones giving us the updates directly.

    • Gouv

      Yeah that’s sorta true IMO but Google really should have done something along time ago to prevent all of this. Maybe they should make it a little less (keyword being “little”) open and set some guidelines to help with the adaption of this. This is why I went with the nexus for my first android phone. It’s why I wish google would take the Apple approach and make a lot of their own products.

  • Gouv

    On the rise eh? It’s taken way to long for OEM’s to rightfully get this out to people.

  • Ordeith

    Interesting when you look at it.  There are nearly the same number of phones running WindowsPhone 7.5 Mango as there are running Android ICS.

  • TMOSince2003

    Ha, the intervention needed is with the phone manufacturers and providers – I would be happy to update if they would ship me gingerbread OTA or download, but they officially won’t. My phone works fine and I don’t have the $ for a new one with the latest and greatest already installed. Froyo ’till it dies.

    Your article implies that OEMs are going to ship updates; largely they aren’t.
    OEMs = plural
    OEM’s = possessive

  • Mgmessner

    People saying ditch Jelly Bean google, you are dumb, google is past ICS, they made it. Don’t be upset Nexus owners get straight updates. Whats google going to do, go to tmobile and say, “excuse me could you please put this software that we have developed months ago on your devices”. What more can google do? They aren’t a carrier, they didn’t make Sense or Touchwiz, talk to your carrier, google is always growing, it’s not their fault.

    Get a Nexus phone so you can get it straight from the source, i’ve only owned one carrier phone, the G2x, great phone but we all know it was buggy as crap.

  • Mgmessner

    People saying ditch Jelly Bean google, you are dumb, google is past ICS, they made it. Don’t be upset Nexus owners get straight updates. Whats google going to do, go to tmobile and say, “excuse me could you please put this software that we have developed months ago on your devices”. What more can google do? They aren’t a carrier, they didn’t make Sense or Touchwiz, talk to your carrier, google is always growing, it’s not their fault.

    Get a Nexus phone so you can get it straight from the source, i’ve only owned one carrier phone, the G2x, great phone but we all know it was buggy as crap.