Newest Android Distribution Chart Shows Big Jump In Ice Cream Sandwich

On the first of every month, Google announces updated numbers of the different Android versions and how they are distributed across the platform. With the start of August, we’re seeing a huge jump in Ice Cream Sandwich with a boost from 10.9% in June, up to 15.9% in August. While that still pales in comparison to Gingerbread, which accounts for 60.6% of all Android devices, any bump in the right direction is a good sign. Jelly Bean makes its first appearance on the map with 0.8%, a small yet predictable number given the total number of devices its running on.

So what’s the total breakdown?

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: 0.8 percent
  • Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich: 15.9 percent
  • Android 3.1 to 3.2 Honeycomb: 2.3 percent
  • Android 2.3 to 2.3.7 Gingerbread: 60.6 percent
  • Android 2.2 Froyo: 15.5 percent
  • Android 2.1 Eclair: 4.2 percent
  • Android 1.6 Donut: 0.5 percent
  • Android 1.5 Cupcake: 0.2 percent

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  • GhostGregg

    Lets focus on just one solid OS with continued support? Call it whatever you want but fix all bugs before creating more. Its like watching LOST but in real life. NO answers only more questions.

    • MarcusDW

      Are you referring to Nexus devices or all the other manufacturers that “improve” the stock experience?

    • Me

       In this technological age, one solid OS wouldn’t work – things are improving too rapidly.

    • 21stNow

       This is one solid OS (Android) with continued support (software update revisions named after desserts).  What needs to be changed?

  • MarcusDW

    Glad to see ICS on the rise but hopefully that slows down and Jellybean starts to picking up the pace instead.

    If the 2.3.6 to 4.0.3 update on my GS2 was a huge 5 API jump and ICS to JB is only a 1 API difference, I expect a rapid turnaround.  More than 3 months would just be ridiculous. 

  • Mgmessner

    Ive said this plenty of times. Android is open source, Android creates and OS, a firmware whatever you want to call it. Android releases that to it’s Nexus devices and gives the OS to carriers to work on. It’s not Googles fault. Google shouldn’t have to stop it’s growth to sit around and wait for your carriers to step it up, if that’s the case we would all be on froyo yet.

    Google is doing just fine, your carriers are what suck. I’ve been on a Nexus device since the One, and you know what, I’ve never whined about an update because I always got them. Galaxy Nexus on Tmobile, I get updates, I get 19MBPS down now, no bloatware, no carrier lock down, it’s fantastic. 

    • LFC

       i have to agree, i recently upgraded to the galaxy nexus  best decision ever. I don’t have to wonder anymore whether my phone will be upgraded or not.

    • Secano

      The first 2 “it’s”, are actually “its”. No apostrophe. 

      • 21stNow

         Actually, it would be the first and third ones that should be “its”.  The second one is correct as “It’s”.

      • Mgmessner

        Thanks for that, I need to step up my spelling. Anyway I hope you got the point of what I was saying.

    • WW

      It’s more in the hands of the handset manufacturers than the carriers.  The carriers just test and add bloatware to what the OEMs come up with.  All the big changes are made by the manufacturers in the form of overlays and tweaking for their hardware.

    • Dumbazz

      Wait… It’s not their fault?
      GOOGLE DEVELOPED the model of distributing Android!
      It’s not their fault?

      • Mgmessner

         Well i’m not going to use your username as a pun but you sir are wrong. Google just makes the OS, doesn’t mean they are responsible for manufacturers to push releases to the devices, google doesn’t make the devices, just the OS.

        So no google doesn’t need to slow down and wait for the carriers to release the updates, what’s the point, halted progression? Why should the train (google) slow down for the passengers (manufacturers) that don’t hurry.

        Google has no say in the carrier released updates, just Nexus updates (you know real phones).

  • Levy Salazar

    I wonder how many of that 15.9 are actually supported ICS and not just CM9 or AOKP. LOL -_-

  • jarjar2007

    Seems like news here is getting slower and slowe. 

    • Levy Salazar

      Well it is a very specific news site, anything T-Mobile related.

    • Well, it’s a niche news site and there isn’t 365 days worth of T-Mobile news in this world. There are slow periods.

  • MatthewMurawski

    Count me in with the 0.8% with Jelly Bean.

    • danimal mark

      I’m going to make a Mitt Romney inspired meme for you…

      • MatthewMurawski

        I don’t get it.

        • danimal mark

          Having 0.8% of Android users currently using Jelly Bean made me think of the whole “We are the 99%” / Occupy Wall Street crowd. Mitt Romney is going to represent the 1%, and I’ll add some text to the graphic that will be relevant to Jelly Bean having only 0.8% of the users. 

          Does that make any sense? What are your thoughts?

        • MatthewMurawski

          Oh i get it only difference is that android users without jelly bean arent complete lunatics.

  • LehighNewb

    I have been seeing a lot of phones cross carrier getting ICS updates. It is nice to see that the phone companies are getting the picture that they really need to get going on software updates. not perfect, but it’s getting there :)

  • Jay

    Are these worldwide numbers?  I’d be interested to see what the US breakdown is since our phones are subsidized by carriers and usually upgraded every 2 years