I’m going to avoid lamenting on Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich roll out, or lack thereof, and instead just let the numbers do the talking. The OS, which launched back in October of 2011, is now on 4.9 percent of devices — an improvement from a month earlier.
The latest data collected during a 14-day period ending on May 1 shows that Google’s latest version of Android has been boosted by two percentage points in a rather short period. The results, one would assume, are in direct correlation to the uptick in Ice Cream Sandwich availability, including updates for the Nexus S on Sprint and unlocked Galaxy S II.
4.4 percent of folks are currently running Android 4.0.3-4.0.4, while 0.5 percent have 4.0-4.0.2 installed. The largest majority of Android users are still stuck back in 2010 with Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.3.7), though that might have to do with the crazy popularity of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which runs a forked version of the OS.
There are plenty of amazing Android ICS phones coming out in the near future — HTC One X for AT&T and HTC One S for T-Mobile, just to name a few — so we anticipate the 4.4 percent figure to shoot up in May. Either that, or folks content with older versions of the OS can continue on the completely “reasonable” 5-month update plan manufacturers and carriers seem to have in mind.